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Overview of 2019 Festival

Workshops Friday to Sunday, 9.15 to 11.15 am Click Here

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THURSDAY, 20TH JUNE


2.00 pm
Exploring the Amergin Landscape: a field trip

with Paddy Bushe. Meet at the Amergin monument on the seafront (for bus/car- pooling). If the weather is unsuitable, there will be a talk in St. Michael’s Church.

Waterville Community Centre

7.00 pm

Crann na Teanga/The Language Tree: the selected poems of Cathal Ó Searcaigh, with translations by Paddy Bushe (Irish Pages) will be launched by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

7.45 pm

Poetry Ireland Night. Festival Opening by Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland. Readings by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Andrey Mashinan. Music by Steve Cooney, Allan MacDonald. Songs by Nóirín Ní Riain

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FRIDAY, 21ST JUNE, MIDSUMMER DAY

Saint Michael’s Church - 11.30 am

The Voice of Amairgen, and Ireland’s Myth of

Itself: a talk by Prof. John Carey, UCC. 2.30 pm Readings by Maura Dooley and Thomas McCarthy

4.00 pm Readings by Moya Cannon and Grace Wells

Waterville Community Centre
7.30 pm
Galician Night with Martín Veiga, Keith

Payne, Mano Panforreteiro who will be joined by Irish poet Bríd Ní Mhóráin

Waterville Inn 10.00 pm Open Mic

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SATURDAY, 22ND JUNE

Saint Michael’s Church
11.30 am
Poetry, Politics and the Planet: a talk by

Olivia O’Leary, The Poetry Programme, RTÉ.

2.30 pm Readings by Bernard O’Donoghue and Gabriel Fitzmaurice

4.00 pm Readings by Seán Hewitt and Ján Gavura

Waterville Community Centre
7.30 pm
The Clew Bay Perspective: readings by

Geraldine Mitchell, Seán Lysaght and Ger Reidy. Music by Steve Cooney

Waterville Inn 10.00 pm Open Mic

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SUNDAY, 23RD JUNE, ST. JOHN’S EVE

Saint Michael’s Church
11.30 am
Ar Lorg Shomhairle/Tracing Sorley’s

Footsteps: a film by Éanna de Buis/Paddy Bushe

2.30 pm Agallamh sa Cheo (Coiscéim) by Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin. Seoladh le Bríd Ní Mhóráin

3.00 pm The Anthony Clare Memorial Session: Jane Clare introduces Kay Redfield Jamison, John O’Donoghue and Seán Sugrue Waterville Community Centre

7.30 pm

From Scotland in Three Languages: poetry, music and song with writers Aonghas MacNeacail, Gerry Loose and Lorna Waite, writer/singer Gerda Stevenson and piper/singer Allan MacDonald/Ailean Domhnullach

Waterville Inn
10.00 pm
Open Mic and St. John’s Eve Bonfire