Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey releases collector’s edition bottle to honour the centenary of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses

Writers’ Tears Irish whiskey has released a limited, collector’s edition bottle of its Copper Pot expression commemorating a century of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

The limited-edition bottle, designed by Studio Minerva in London, features a screen-print and line drawing of Sweny’s Pharmacy, which Joyce himself visited in 1904 and features in Episode 5 of Ulysses.

Supported philanthropically by Writers’ Tears, today Sweny’s Pharmacy is a cultural centre dedicated to celebrating Joyce and Ireland’s other great writers through daily readings, both online (Facebook) and in the pharmacy.

The special Writers’ Tears Copper Pot release is limited to just 5,442 bottles which are available in Ireland (including in The Loop at Dublin Airport), Austria, Canada, France, Germany and the UK with an RRP of €45/ STG£35.

Announcing the release of the special bottling, Bernard Walsh, Managing Director of Walsh Whiskey, said: “Celebrating Ireland’s literary greats has always been at the core of Writers’ Tears and there is none greater than James Joyce. We are delighted to play our part in supporting Joyce’s legacy through Sweny’s Pharmacy, which is a piece of perfectly preserved living history from Joyce’s Victorian Dublin.

Joyce’s epic novel, Ulysses, is about regular people going about their lives on a single day in Dublin – 16th June, 1904. The novel is celebrated on the same historic date every year. The day is known as ‘Bloomsday’, after the main character Leopold Bloom, and Joycean enthusiasts dress in Victorian attire and visit venues that feature in the novel all across Dublin.

Writers’ Tears is celebrating the centenary of Ulysses with a programme of activities including:

Friday June 10th

  • A drinks reception featuring the Writers’ Tears Ulysses Centenary commemorative bottle at the ‘Borris Festival of Writing & Ideas’ (Carlow, Ireland).  

Sunday June 12th

  • A drinks reception at the International James Joyce Symposium in MOLI (Museum of Literature Ireland, Dublin).

Wednesday June 15th

  • A reading from Ulysses and whiskey tasting evening led by Bernard Walsh (creator of Writers’ Tears) at a Joycean venue (Dublin, Ireland).

Thursday June 16th (Bloomsday)

  •  Complimentary ‘Hot Toddy’s’ (whiskeys) for swimmers and spectators at Fitzgerald’s of Sandycove, a pub close to Dublin’s Forty Foot bathing place – the venue of the opening scene in Ulysses.
  •  Supporting the screening of the documentary ‘Remarkable Women’, about the women who influenced the first publication of Ulysses, at MOLI (Museum of Literature Ireland, Dublin).
  • Whiskey tastings in JJ Foxes of College Green in Dublin from 3 to 4 pm.
  • Tastings of a range of Writers’ Tears expressions will take place on a Joycean inspired tasting trail across several locations in Dublin for the month of June including: Davy Byrne’s (Duke Street), Doheny and Nesbitt’s (Merrion Row), Kehoe’s (South Anne Street), The Palace Bar (Fleet Street), Mulligan’s (Poolbeg Street), Gibney’s (Malahide), The Taphouse (Ranelagh), The Grange (Deansgrange), The Graduate (Killiney), Fitzgerald’s (Sandycove) and Finnegan’s (Dalkey).

Details of the Writers’ Tears Ulysses Centenary activities will be posted on their social channels.

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