Sweny's Pharmacy

is creating the Joycean heartbeat.
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Surprise Gift
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Every patron will receive a surprise gift when we reach our target for affording the doubled rent.

Sweny's Label Sticker
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Designed by a Sweny's volunteer after the original F. W. Sweny label which you can stick to your fridge, laptop, phone or any other sticker-friendly surface.

Friends of Sweny's Badge
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Designed and hand-made by a Sweny's volunteer who worked at an Irish knitwear shop.




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About Sweny's Pharmacy

The rent has been doubled on Sweny's, a 172-year old little chemist shop preserved by volunteers. Let's all chip in to keep this Joycean gem alive and open in Dublin for generations to come.

Sweny’s Pharmacy is featured in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. Today, Sweny's represents the heart and soul of authentic Joycean Dublin, with its interior unchanged since 1847. It is an essential destination for tourists and a community hub for the locals.

Since 2009, Sweny’s has been entirely maintained by volunteers who give their time for free, dedicated to preserving the body and soul of the shop as it was in Joyce’s time. As volunteers, we:

  • Host open readings from James Joyce's works every day
  • Introduce visitors to the history of the shop and of Dublin
  • Keep a space open for locals and visitors to build a community
  • Preserve the 172-year old interior which Wilde, Behan and others would have touched
  • Sell the same lemon soap which Leopold Bloom buys in Ulysses

Up until 2018, we were able to pay the rent out of soap sales and visitors' donations. Recently, however, our rent has been doubled. Given our tight budget and modest savings, we need your help.

Will you become a patron today and leave a real, positive mark on the future of Ireland? Let's keep Dublin's community and literary heritage alive together.

Go raibh maith agat.

PJ Murphy (on behalf of Sweny's volunteer team)

$1,302 of $1,600 per month
We can now afford the raised rent. Hoorah!
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