Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Bloomsday on Google Maps

Bloomsday (Irish: Lá Bhloom) is a commemoration observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere to celebrate the life of Irish writer James Joyce and relive the events in his novel Ulysses, all of which took place on the same day in Dublin in 1904. The name derives from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses, and 16 June was the date of Joyce's first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle, when they walked to the Dublin village of Ringsend (thank you Wikipedia).

Joyce Walks

The project Joyce Walks is a Google Maps mashup which remaps routes from James Joyce's Ulysses to any other city, generating maps which users can use to recreate Bloomsday anywhere in the world. Participants can then generate an embeddable map for their own website or blog.

Joyce Walks have produced a map of Bloom's day in Dublin. Each location that he visits during the day is tagged on the map. Each tag contains the text from the novel and is accompanied by a short panoramic video of the location.

However Joyce Walks is a also a tool which generates walking maps based on routes from James Joyce's Ulysses in any city in the world using Google Maps. The system prints maps to be used as the basis of walks exploring the city of your choice and generates maps that include pictures and videos.

James Joyce Walking Tour

The James Joyce Walking Tour maps a stroll around central Dublin, concentrating on places that are associated with James Joyce and the characters in his novels and stories. The tour starts at the home of Leopold Bloom at No. 7 Eccles Street and ends at Grafton Street.

Each stage of the walk is tagged on the map and includes extensive notes about the location's relevance to either Joyce or his stories.

Ulysses and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Google Book search (under the 'about this book' tab) includes a Google Map of places mentioned in Joyce's Ulysees and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

A KML of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man also exists, which can also be viewed on Google Maps.

You Might Also Enjoy these Dublin Maps on Bloomsday

Just Routes - public transport route planner for Dublin
Dart Maps - real time tracking of trains in Dublin.

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