Literary Ireland

F. W. Sweny & Co. Ltd.

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1 Lincoln Place, Dublin, Dublin,

Sweny's Pharmacy is a Joycean landmark and the place at which fictional character Leopold Bloom bought his lemon soap. It is located close to Trinity College and Dublin City Centre.

Sweny's Pharmacy is a historical venue near Trinity College Dublin, best known for appearing in the James Joyce book 'Ulysses'.

Fictional character Leopold Bloom was on his way to Sweny's pharmacy to pick up a lotion for his wife Molly. Over one hundred years later, Sweny's, although no longer a working pharmacy, remains at 1 Lincoln Place, preserved in its 1850s Victorian style.

Sweny’s is now maintained and run solely by volunteers. Daily reading sessions are offered during which visitors can participate in the reading aloud of a short story from Joyce’s finely crafted ‘Dubliners’ collection. For those who wish to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Joyce’s work, ongoing readings of 'Ulysses' and 'Finnegan's Wake' take place weekly, led by knowledgeable facilitators.

Sweny’s is available for hire to small groups for private readings. In these sessions, following a short, informative talk on the subject matter, guests are invited to participate in the reading of one or two stories from the ‘Dubliners’ collection. The duration of the sessions is about 75 minutes, which also allows for a short talk and discussion on completion of each reading.