Fionnula Flanagan celebrates James Joyce’s legacy in Sunnyside, Queens

Fionnula Flanagan celebrates James Joyce’s legacy in Sunnyside, Queens

This Thursday, June 16 at 5.30 PM the Victorian style pub and eatery, Molly Blooms on Queens Boulevard will play host to the legendary stage and screen star Fionnula Flanagan at an event in celebration of Ireland’s literary titan James Joyce.

Flanagan, the Emmy winning actress who has most recently appeared on Lost, Star Trek and the Irish American crime drama Brotherhood, and is widely regarded as the foremost interpreter of Joyce’s women.

Each year on June 16 Flanagan performs at the Bloomsday Live celebrations at Symphony Space in Manhattan, where her appearance is the highlight of the annual festival of Joyce’s work. This year Molly Blooms is delighted to present her in performance in the gorgeous new Irish venue.

In Ireland, and indeed worldwide, June 16 is better known to scholars as Bloomsday, named after Leopold Bloom the hero of Joyce’s acknowledged masterpiece Ulysses.


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In Ulysses Bloom takes a leisurely walk through Dublin on June 16, 1904 and for decades after fans of the famous book have dressed up in the fashions of Edwardian Dublin to celebrate their hero and Joyce’s inimitable work in cities as far flung as Zurich and Tokyo.

This Thursday at Molly Blooms Joyce fans and newcomers alike will also have a rare chance to hear a reading of ‘Eveline,’ an atmospheric and unforgettable almost-immigrant’s tale from ‘Dubliners,’ performed by actress Jo Kinsella.

To get you in the mood on the night a brief discussion of Joyce’s life and achievements will be presented by Professor Richard Marotta, of Queens College.

All comers are invited to dress in your best Edwardian get up, because the best James Joyce or Molly Bloom costumes will win a free keg of their choice – but come as you are and you’re still guaranteed a remarkable night.

Meanwhile Molly Booms bar and restaurant is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop by and get to know the most distinctive new premises on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, where you can enjoy $4.00 Guinness all Bloomsday. Come celebrate Ireland and the best of its arts and culture!

Molly Blooms is located at 43-13 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside. Telephone (718) 433-1916.