Féile na Bealtaine 2018

Date: Thu 03 May 2018
Time: Various

Coming soon:

Féile na Bealtaine May 3 – 7 2018 

PoncPress, our part-owned letterpress business, presents its latest offering:
Two Tongues: Dánta nua ó Chorca Dhuibhne, new poems by poets from the peninsula. A beautiful large format limited edition on art paper with magnificent illustrations by Bob Ó Cathail.
Nuala Ní Dhomnail, one of Ireland’s foremost poets, will launch the book in St James Church on Sunday 7 May at 2:00 pm.

In the Bookshop



Saturday 5 May 12:15 pm

Marita Conlon McKenna is an award winning writer of both adult and children’s fiction. Her first book, Under the Hawthorn Tree set during Ireland’s Great Famine, has become a classic and is part of the international best-selling Children of the Famine series. Other works include The BlueHorse and In DeepDark Wood. Her adult novels include bestsellers The Magdalen and Rebel Sisters, which is based on the 1916 Rising

Monday 7 May 12pm

Sunlight, New and Selected Poems – John O’Donnell

Poetry Reading with John O’Donnell & Iggy McGovern.
John O’Donnell has been published and broadcast in Ireland, Britain, America, Australia and New Zealand.Awards include the Irish National Poetry Prize, the Ireland Funds Prize, the Irish Times/Anna Livia Prize and the Hennessy Poetry Award. He also won the Hennessy Award for Fiction.

John will be joined by Iggy McGovern, a poet and a Fellow Emeritus in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin; he has published three collections of poetry with Dedalus Press, The King of Suburbia, Safe House. His most recent book is The Eyes of Isaac Newton. Áit: The Dingle Bookshop. For a complete list of festival events and ticket information visit http://www.feilenabealtaine.ie

In the District Courthouse

Friday 4 May 9 pm
Outspoken €10

Outspoken: A late night medley of slam poetry music and magic with some of the most exciting new voices on the Irish poetry scene. Aside from local favourites Mike Venner and Cathal Holden, we will also be welcoming the dynamic presentations of a trio of highly acclaimed and award winning poets: Erin Fornoff, Colm Keegan, and Annemarie ni Churreain. The event will be hosted by PoetryBrothel curator, John Farrell andmusic provided by Tim Clarke and the irrepressible duo of Aina and Evgenia.

District Court House
Saturday 5pm
€5 for Adults, Kids Free

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen originally conceived of the Aisling character when they shared a flat together in Stoneybatter. They set up a Facebook page to gather the characteristics and quirks of a very particular type of Irish girl they recognised and identified with. It has since become both a novel and an online phenomenon, taking on a life its own. Like Aisling, both girls are ‘from down the country’.