Writers’ Tears Irish Whiskey just released a limited-edition bottle of its Copper Pot expression that commemorates the 100-year anniversary of James Joyce’s pivotal literary work, Ulysses.
The bottle, designed by Studio Minerva of London, features artwork of Sweny’s Pharmacy, which Joyce visited in 1904 and features in Episode 5 of Ulysses.
These days, Writers’ Tears helps support Sweny’s Pharmacy, which is a cultural center dedicated to celebrating Joyce and Ireland’s other great writers through daily readings, both online and in the pharmacy.
The special Writers’ Tears Copper Pot whiskey is limited to 5,442 bottles and is available in Ireland (including at The Loop in Dublin Airport), Austria, Canada, France, Germany and the UK at a suggested retail price of €45/£35.
Bernard Walsh, creator of Writers’ Tears and managing director of Walsh Whiskey, said in a prepared statement, “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 is about regular people going about their lives on a single day in Dublin, June 16th, 1904. The novel is celebrated on the same 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 will celebrate the centenary of Ulysses with a program of activities including:
- Sunday, June 12th – A drinks reception at the International James Joyce Symposium at the Museum of Literature Ireland in 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 the Museum of Literature Ireland in Dublin.
For more information on the special bottle or details of the Writers’ Tears Ulysses Centenary activities, check out their social channels at www.instagram.com/writerstearswhiskey or www.twitter.com/WalshWhiskey.
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