Gannon University’s Goodwill Garden Celebrates Bloomsday

Goodwill GardenPosted: June 15, 2015

On June 16, Dubliner James Joyce and his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle, walked to the suburb of Ringsend. That event, immortalized in Joyce's epochal novel, "Ulysses," is now commemorated around the world as Bloomsday.

Gannon University will celebrate the occasion with events at Gannon's Goodwill Garden, 409 W. Sixth St., and Molly Brannigans, 506 State St.

At 11:30 a.m., revelers will be treated to a free picnic lunch at the Goodwill Garden (though Joyce had Bloom lunching on dry bread, the picnic will feature more appealing fare). There will also be music by the Rev. Shawn Clerkin, readings of "Ulysses" and other works, and a tour of the garden that last year yielded almost a half-ton of produce for local food pantries.

The festivities shift to Molly Brannigans at 5 p.m. featuring giveaways, performances by an Irish dance troupe and others, and a Bloomsday dinner where a portion of the proceeds will benefit Gannon Goodwill Garden.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact AmeriCorps*VISTA Leann Krysiak in Gannon University's Office of Service-Learning at 814-871-7548.