•See an unexpected side of the renowned Irish novelist and poet with a walking tour
•Visit a pharmacy that hasn’t changed since it opened in 1847
•Grab your own copy of Ulysses or The Dubliners to begin your exploration
No visitor can come to Dublin without delving into the life of its most famous literary son, James Joyce. But instead of reading dog-eared manuscripts through a glass case in a dusty museum, a fun way to do this is on a guided tour with Joe Darcy of Darcy’s Dublin Walks. The highly engaging Mr. Darcy will lead you in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, the main character in Joyce’s Ulysses, past well-known sights such as the National Library and Trinity College as well as lesser-known ones—Finn’s Hotel on Nassau Street is where Joyce met his love interest, Nora Barnacle. The tour ends in a Joycean spot that not many people know about, Sweny’s Pharmacy, where Bloom bought a bar of “sweet lemony wax soap.” This place is like a time capsule from the 19th century—more curio store than chemist shop—and little inside has changed since it was built in 1847. Joyce enthusiasts now hold readings in the store everyday of the week. Darcy can arrange private group readings of chapters from The Dubliners, followed by a discussion about the novel over mugs of hot tea and chocolate biscuits (aka cookies).
Darcy’s Dublin Walks depart from locations all over Dublin. Get in touch to find the ideal walk for you. Sweny’s Pharmacy is the old fashioned shop on the corner of Lincoln Place and Westland Row.
DARCY’S DUBLIN WALKS: +353-(0)85-102-3646; darcysdublinwalks.com
SWENY’S PHARMACY: 1 Lincoln Pl.; +353-(0)87-713-2157; sweny.ie