James Joyce is one of the most famous writers in Ireland’s history and is a hugely significant figure to many people who visit Dublin.
Joyce was born in Dublin and took his inspiration for many of his major works, including Dubliners and Finnegan’s Wake, from his home town.
Tourists can take a tour of the streets of Dublin that inspired much of these works.
In another tour you can follow in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, the main character in Joyce’s classic novel, Ulysses. As Bloom is searching Dublin for somewhere to eat he passes several buildings and interesting characters.
The book worked as a social commentary as it contrasted the well fed with the under-nourished people that Bloom met along his travels.
The James Joyce Centre is home to many of the pieces from the James exhibition that appeared in the National Library of Ireland between 2004-06.
Visitors can get a real feel for the novel and learn about the controversy the book caused as well as the life of Joyce himself.
There are several interesting items relating to the novel including three documentary films, interactive computer installations that take the visitor through the novel and even the original real life front door of No. 7 Eccles St where Bloom lived in the novel.
Bloomsday in Dublin
The day in the life of Leopold Bloom depicted in Ulysses was 15th June and has become known as Bloomsday.
There are several events in Dublin to celebrate Bloomsday.
In 2012, there was a Messenger Bike Rally in aid of disadvantaged children, a recital and music evening at Mont Clare hotel, celebrations at the James Joyce Museum and a week- long Bloomsday festival at the James Joyce Centre.
Tourist attractions in IrelandThe Blarney Stone Bru na Boinne Bunratty Castle The Burren Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge The Cliffs of Moher Croagh Patrick Dingle Peninsula Garnish Island The Giant's Causeway Glendalough The Guinness Storehouse Hill of Tara Lakes of Killarney Newgrange The Peace Bridge Ring of Kerry Wild Atlantic Way
Irish citiesBelfast Cork Derry Dublin Galway Limerick Waterford
Tourism articlesTripAdvisor's top 10 destinations in Ireland for 2015 Top holiday destinations in Ireland - as voted by the Irish Top holiday destinations in Ireland - as voted by tourists Ireland's favourite heritage site The most romantic city in Ireland Hidden gems in Ireland The top ten Irish beaches Where would Irish people take overseas guests? Tips for first time visitors to Ireland What not to do when visiting Ireland Ireland's top sacred pilgrimage sites Eight reasons why Irish pubs are Ireland's top attractions What do you like about Ireland? Local Irish pubs number one attraction for tourists Tourists happy with 'value for money' on visits to Ireland Video - initiative to promote 'Ireland's Ancient East' Ireland can boast the best 'cliff view' in the world Most visited tourist attractions in Ireland in 2014? Industry warned not to 'repeat the mistakes of the past' Dublin 'favourite worldwide city' for young travellers Which tourist attractions in Ireland made the Lonely Planet's ultimate guide? Dublin is one of the world's top three cities say Lonely Planet Ireland has three of the world's four friendliest cities