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The 2019 Festival will take place from the 1 - 6 October

The sixteenth annual Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival takes place from 1 – 6 October 2019. From its first event in November 2004, the Festival has grown into a much loved and warmly anticipated event in the autumn literary calendar.

We bring together writers and readers, nurturing and celebrating creative expression. Our programme offers something for readers and writers of all ages and includes poetry, prose, memoir, journalism, drama, music, and performance. We have some of the most exciting (upcoming and established) writers and poets taking part in this year’s festival. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2019 Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival. 


WRITERS and artists 2019

Anne Griffin

Anne Griffin’s debut novel When All is Said, spent 5 weeks in the number 1 bestseller list this year.  She began writing in 2013 and has received the John McGahern Award for Literature. Anne’s short stories have been shortlisted for both the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards and the Sunday Business …

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Joseph O’Connor

Joseph O'Connor is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright and broadcaster. He is the author of nine novels including Star of the Sea, Ghost Light and his latest, Shadowplay. Among his awards are the Prix Zepter for European Novel of the Year, France's Prix Millepages, Italy's Premio Acerbi, an American Library Association Award and the Irish Pen Award for Outstanding …

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Paul McNamara

Paul McNamara was the 2018 Dromineer Nenagh Literary festival Writer in Residence. During his time at the festival he began writing the poetry play Hello My Name is Single which would go on the win the 2019 Limerick Fringe Spirit of the Fringe Award. His poetry show Quarter Life Crises …

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Edel Coffey

Edel Coffey is an arts journalist and broadcaster. She is a regular interviewer at literary festivals around Ireland, including Mountains to Sea, International Literary Festival Dublin and Cúirt.  She is a regular stand-in presenter for Arena, RTÉ Radio One's nightly arts show. Edel Coffey will be in conversation with Donal Ryan and Jane Clarke at Nenagh Arts Centre …

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Jackie Gorman

Jackie Gorman is a poet who has been published in a number of journals including Poetry Ireland Review, The Lonely Crowd and The Honest Ulsterman. She was part of the 2017 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and won the 2017 Listowel Writers’ Week Single Poem Award. She recently completed a Masters …

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Paula Shields

Paula Shields has been an arts journalist in London since the 1990s. She has worked in print, TV and now in radio on Arena, RTÉ’s flagship arts show. Highlights of Paula Shield’s career include an interview with Margaret Atwood, making the IFTA award-winning documentary Fairytale of New York, and judging …

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Robert Gogan

Robert Gogan is passionate about James Joyce’s Ulysses and works to encourage others to enjoy the book as much as he does. Robert is a comic performer and invites you to his one man show Strolling Through Ulysses!   The show will guide you through the curious events and quirky characters of Ulysses, in a humorous, entertaining …

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Grace Wilentz

Grace Wilentz is a poet based in the Liberties, Dublin. Her poetry has appeared in Irish, British and American journals including Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, The Seneca Review, The American Poetry Journal, The Harvard Advocate, Magma, and The Irish Times. Her work has featured as part of a public artwork …

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Maggie Wadey

Maggie Wadey is a novelist and screenwriter. Her mother was born in Puckane, County Tipperary, while her father was English.   Much of her childhood was spent abroad, in Egypt, Cyprus and Malaya. Her first novel Sleight of Heart was published in 1975 and she has since had a career writing for television, both original screenplays and adaptations, including Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park. In …

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Siobhan Mac Mahon

Siobhan Mac Mahon is a poet and performer with an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin. She has been writing and performing her poetry for many years in England, Ireland and across Europe. Siobhan won the WOMAD Festival poetry slam in 2017 and was poet in residence for The International Permaculture Conference in 2016. She has been published both online and in …

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Rick O’Shea

Rick O’Shea has been a broadcaster with RTÉ since 2001, previously on RTÉ  2FM and as a presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s The Poetry Programme. He currently presents weekday mornings on RTÉ Gold. He runs The Rick O’Shea Book Club (Ireland’s largest with over 26,000 members), hosts events and public interviews at book festivals all …

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Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke's first collection, The River, was published in 2015 to public and critical acclaim. Her second collection, When the Tree Falls will be published in September 2019 and her illustrated poems, All the Way Home, was published in April 2019. The River was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje …

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Pete Mullineaux

Pete Mullineaux lives in Galway and works nationally teaching global issues through poetry and drama. He’s published four poetry collections: Zen Traffic Lights (Lapwing 2005) A Father’s Day (Salmon 2008) Session (Salmon 2011) and How to Bake a Planet (Salmon 2016). He’s also had several plays produced by RTE radio. …

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Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald was born in New York, grew up in Dublin and lives in Limerick where she works as an academic. She says she wrote fiction constantly as a child and her novels have been published since 2013.  Sarah’s work has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and the CBI Book of …

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Paddy Moran

Join the Festival Committee and hear local poet, Paddy Moran, read from his new collection, Reckonings, at this year's Festival Launch.  Hear about programme highlights and meet other book enthusiasts. Paddy Moran was born in Templetuohy, County Tipperary, where he still lives with his wife and family. He has won the Gerard Manley Hopkins Poetry …

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John W. Sexton

Poet John W. Sexton is this year's Festival Writer in Residence. He has worked with local groups gathering stories and turning them into performance pieces to be premiered on Saturday 5 October at Lough Derg Yacht Club. For Culture Night, on 20th September in the Steeples Cafe,  John will present his own …

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Niamh Boyce

Niamh Boyce was named Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of The Year in 2012 for her critically acclaimed debut novel The Herbalist, which also won Debut of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and was nominated for an IMPAC Award. Inside the Wolf, her poetry collection was released in …

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Eoin Warner

Eoin Warner is a native of West Cork who is fascinated by nature and the outdoors. He presented the recent wildlife documentary Éire Fhiáin–An Cósta Thiar and a Wild Irish Year. Éire Fhiáin won best programme and Eoin was best presenter at the 2018 TG4 awards. Eoin has travelled extensively, …

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Danny Grace

Danny Grace is a retired secondary school teacher who has written and spoken extensively on the history of County Tipperary. He has published books on the parish of Monsea & Killodiernan, the Famine in Nenagh Poor Law Union and more recently, the Centenary History of Kiladangan GAA Club. He is a regular contributor of articles …

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Siobhan McSweeney

Siobhán McSweeney is originally from Cork and holds a BSc from UCC. She studied acting at Central School of Speech & Drama, London, and Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris. She has worked at the Abbey Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, and Royal Exchange.  Her film and tv work …

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Graham Tugwell

Graham Tugwell is an Irish writer and performer. His work has been published across five continents and has been adapted for stage, radio and screen. He is the creator and writer of audio drama podcast Down Below the Reservoir. He lives in the country with his cats, Tiramisu and Banoffee. Graham …

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Eleanor Hooker

Eleanor Hooker is a poet and writer. She has published two poetry collections with Dedalus Press: A Tug of Blue (2016); The Shadow Owner’s Companion (2012). Her third collection, Mending the Light, will be published in 2020. She’s working to complete a novel. Eleanor holds an MPhil in Creative Writing from …

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Geraldine Mitchell

Dublin-born poet Geraldine Mitchell has lived on the coast of County Mayo, looking out on Clare Island, for almost twenty years and this wild landscape inhabits her poems. Geraldine won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008 and has since won further awards and published three collections with Arlen House: World Without Maps, …

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John Boyne

John Boyne is the author of eleven novels for adults and six novels for younger readers. His books have been published in over 50 languages. He is perhaps best known for his 2006 novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was adapted for film.John will be in conversation at Nenagh …

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Manchán Magan 

Manchán Magan is an Irish writer, traveller and documentary maker. He has made over 30 travel documentaries focusing on issues of world cultures and globalisation. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes occasionally for The Irish Times and reports on travel for various radio programmes. …

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Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan is the author of four bestselling novels and a short story collection. He has won numerous awards, among them the European Union Prize for Literature, the Guardian First Book Award, and three Irish Book Awards. He was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 for his debut, …

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Moya Roddy

Moya Roddy’s debut collection Out of the Ordinary was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award 2018.  She was also shortlisted for the Hennessy Award in 2017. Rita Ann Higgins called her poems “stunning and memorable’ and they have been been published in the Irish Times, Crannog, Stoney Thursday, Boyne Berries and Poeming …

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Rosita Boland

Rosita Boland is a senior features writer at the Irish Times, specialising in human-interest stories. She was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. She won ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the 2018 Newsbrands Ireland journalism awards. Rosita has recently published Elsewhere, a collection …

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Lisa Harding

Lisa Harding is an actress, playwright and author. She has performed at the Abbey, the Gate, the Lyric, the Royal Court and on RTÉ. Her short stories have been widely published and anthologised and she was a winner in the inaugural Doolin Writers’ Weekend in 2014. Harvesting was her first novel. It won …

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Dylan Rooney

Dylan Rooney is a baritone from Nenagh. He has recently completed a BA in Music Performance (Vocal Studies) at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tuition of Virginia Kerr. He has achieved multiple awards and bursaries, as a prize winner in several competitions throughout Feiseanna. Dylan was featured vocalist …

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Gráinne Higgins

Gráinne Higgins began playing cello at the age of nine as a pupil of Tara Lee Byrne at the Munster Music Academy in Killaloe.  She is currently studying with Christopher Marwood at The Cork School of Music.  She has just completed her Leaving Certificate and is looking forward to continuing her cello studies at CSM …

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Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival

An evening of poetry and music
A bilingual event
Dun Mhuire Thursday October 17th 8:00pmA chairde beidh Oíche Filíochta agus ceol i nDún Mhuire ar an 17/10/19 ag 8pm.
Beidh Louis de Paor , Lúcás Ó Concubhair agus Caitlín Ní Choisdealbha i láthair.

A bilingual night of music and poetry will be held in Dún Mhuire on the 17/10/19 at 8pm.

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Huge thanks to our sponsors of our 'Welcome Gifts' for each and every one of our writers, performers and interviewers! We are very grateful for your generosity and proud to promote your products.
Brian Hanly John Hanly & Company
Paddy & Kay Cooney Derg Farmhouse Cheese
Florrie Purcell The Scullery
Patrice Cooney Oscar Wilde Water
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Witch Within the Walls ......Nenagh Castle was the venue for the final event of the festival! Novelist Niamh Boyce in conversation with writer and academic Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. Music and song by Gráinne Ó hUiginn and Dylan Rooney.
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Sunday Afternoon Afloat: Wild Ireland. Nature documentary maker Eoin Warner, in conversation with poet Eleanor Hooker aboard the Cruise on the Ku-ee-tu.
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SPONSORS

A SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Maurice and Maire Foley
Dr Christine O’Malley
Mark and Liadhan Hassett
John and Fedelma Tierney
AIB Bank
Dr Pat and Mareta Harrold
Dennis Ryan and Eta O’Brien
Donal O’Connor
Cinnamon Alley
Jim and Noreen O’Sullivan Rocky’s Bar
Jacques Lumbroso Echo IT Donal Bray
Nenagh Credit Union
David Peters Kennedy and Valette Insurance
Eddie Guerin
Cronin Architects
Dearbhla and Colm Chadwick

Dennis Finnerty
Donal and Marie Whelan
Charles Stanley Smith and Elizabeth McGrath
Derg Cheese
The Scullery
Oscar Wilde Water
Tesco
Denis and Dorothy Finnerty
Alan Kelly T.D.
Tiermoyle Honey
Bistro 41
The Thatched Cottage
The Peppermill
Hanly Tweeds
The Whiskey Still
ABP





Location

GPS

Loc8 Code: L70-74-M12 (Lough Derg Yacht Club).

GPS Coordinates: 52.925917,-8.275806

RAIL

The nearest railway stations to Dromineer are Nenagh (limited service), Thurles and Limerick. Rail information: www.irishrail.ie

ROAD

To get to Dromineer leave the M7 at EXIT 26 and follow the GREEN signs for the N52, signposted ‘Tullamore, Borrisokane, Nenagh’. Continue through a number of roundabouts on the N52 to the Dromineer Road Roundabout where you take the first exit onto the R495 signposted ‘Dromineer, Ballycommon, Lough Derg’. The N52 is a ring road around Nenagh so there is no need to enter the town centre.

Get directions via the AA Route Planner

AIR

Shannon Airport has connecting flights from many UK, European and US locations.  www.shannonairport.com