Colum McCann and Aedin Moloney (@Ray Foley
How It’s New York: It all has the feeling of a street-fair– if you get lost when you get off at Wall Street, you can just follow the sound of happy laughter. Many, many tables outside, and at them, it seemed, was everyone you knew!
How It’s Irish: Bloomsday is a holiday named for Leopold Bloom the mayor of Dublin in James Joyce’s book  Ulysses. These Bloomsday readings took place at Ulysses Folk House, which is owned by Danny McDonald and is one of the best pints poured in the city.

As we pointed out here, the readings at Ulysses Folk House which start at 1 p.m. every year are a highlight of Bloomsday. You couldn’t have asked for a better day this June 16, which was sunny, blue skies, a nice breeze and fluffy white clouds going by.

Ulysses (@Ray Foley)

Spotted: Origin Theatre Company’s George C. Heslin; Fallen Angel Theatre’s Aedin Moloney (whose Molly Bloom soliloquy was, as always, outstanding); organizer and author Colum McCann; Black 47’s Larry Kirwan, Singer Moley Ó Súilleabháin, author Honor Molloy (who just reviewed Brendan Fay’s documentary Taking a Chance on God), author Joesph Goodrich (who blogged about the luncheon at the Irish Consulate for us), photographer Ray Foley and artist Kim Umichaya, Irish Echo’s Peter McDermott, author Pete Hamill, musician Tony DeMarco, author Maura Mulligan, harper Cormac DeBarra and many many more!


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  Slideshow and video after the jump!

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The only New York journalist who writes for both the Forward and Irish Music Magazine.