Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival


Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival


Welcome to the Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival Website

From its first event in November 2004, the Festival has grown into a much loved and warmly anticipated event in the autumn literary calendar. Each year we bring together writers and readers, nurturing and celebrating creative expression. Our 2019 programme offered something for readers and writers of all ages and included poetry, prose, memoir, journalism, drama, music, and performance. We brought some of the most exciting (upcoming and established) writers and poets to take part in this year’s festival and we are now looking forward to the 2020 festival.

WRITERS and artists 2019

Anne Griffin

When: October 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Center, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Joseph O’Connor

When: October 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Paul McNamara

When: October 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am Where: Lough Derg Yacht Club, Dromineer 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…...

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Edel Coffey

When: October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Jackie Gorman

When: October 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Paula Shields

When: October 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Robert Gogan

When: October 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm Where: Dún Mhuire, Nenagh 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… Read more

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Grace Wilentz

When: October 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Maggie Wadey

When: October 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm Where: Nenagh Heritage Centre, Nenagh 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.… Read...

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Siobhan Mac Mahon

When: October 5, 2019 @ 10:30 am Where: Cafe Trail. Cinnamon Alley & Deborah's Cafe,, Cinnamon Alley, Hanly's Place & Deborah's Cafe, 16, Silver Street, Nenagh Siobhan Mac Mahon is a poet and performer with an MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin. She has been writing and performing...

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Rick O’Shea

When: October 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Jane Clarke

When: October 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am Where: Lough Derg Yacht Club, Dromineer Harbour 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...

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Pete Mullineaux

When: October 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm Where: The Wine Buff, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

When: October 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm Where: Nenagh Castle, O'Rahilly Street 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… Read...

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Paddy Moran

When: September 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm Where: Nenagh Book Shop, 41 Pearse Street 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...

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John W. Sexton

When: September 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm Where: Steeples, 1, O'Rahilly Street 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… Read...

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Niamh Boyce

When: October 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm Where: Nenagh Castle, Nenagh 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… Read more

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Eoin Warner

When: October 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm Where: Dromineer Harbour, Nenagh 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… Read more

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Danny Grace

When: October 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm Where: Nenagh Heritage Centre, Govenor's House, Kickham St., Nenagh Danny Grace is a retired secondary school teacher who has written and spoken extensively on the history of County Tipperary. He has published books...

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Siobhan McSweeney

When: October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh 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,… Read...

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Graham Tugwell

When: October 5, 2019 @ 10:30 am Where: Nenagh Library, Nenagh 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… Read more

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Eleanor Hooker

When: October 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm Where: KU-Ee-Tu out on the water, From Dromineer Harbour 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...

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Geraldine Mitchell

When: October 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am Where: Steeples, 1, O'Rahilly St. 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… Read...

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John Boyne

When: October 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Center, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Manchán Magan 

When: October 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Donal Ryan

When: October 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh 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,… Read...

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Moya Roddy

When: October 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm Where: The Wine Buff, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Rosita Boland

When: October 2, 2019 @ 8:00 pm Where: Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh 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… Read...

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Lisa Harding

When: October 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am Where: Lough Derg Yacht Club, Dromineer 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…...

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Dylan Rooney

When: October 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm Where: Nenagh Castle, Nenagh 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… Read more

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Gráinne Higgins

When: October 6, 2019 @ 8:00 pm Where: Nenagh Castle, Nenagh 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… Read more

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Festival Gallery 2019


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Lovely afternoon of poetry and music organised by Eleanor Hooker Rowan Tree Readings at Books Upstairs
Great to catch up with Geraldine Mitchell and fellow Mayo poets Ger Reidy snd Sean Lysaght.
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Poetry reading w/Geraldine Mitchell, Seán Lysaght & Ger Reidy, music by Claire Watts & Anne Rynne-Books Upstairs 3pm Sun Feb. 23Rowan Tree Readings in association with Books Upstairs is delighted to host a poetry reading with three gifted (Mayo based) poets: Geraldine Mitchell, Seán Lysaght & Ger Reidy and with performances by exceptional singer /songwiters Claire Watts and Anne Rynne.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Eleanor Hooker

The Rowan Tree Readings is an International Poetry and Prose Reading Series, founded, funded and curated by Eleanor Hooker and George Hooker.

Ger Reidy has won several national poetry competitions and was the recipient of a bursary from the Arts Council. He has published three collections of poetry; Pictures from a Reservation, Drifting Under the Moon, and his most recent Before Rain, which was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize at Listowel Writers Week.

His debut collection of short stories Jobs for a Wet Day was nominated for the Edge Hill Prize. He has been a judge for the Westport Arts Festival poetry competition for several years and his work has been translated into several languages including Russian.

Geraldine Mitchell was born in Dublin but has lived on the Co. Mayo coast, west of Louisburgh, for twenty years. She is a Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award winner (2008) and has published three collections of poems, most recently Mountains for Breakfast, which came out in 2017. Her previous collections are World Without Maps (Arlen House, 2011) and Of Birds and Bones (Arlen House, 2014). Her fourth collection is under construction.

Mountains for Breakfast was the focus of an exciting exhibition, ‘Mind Has Mountains’, a visual response to her work by four artists, shown in Westport and at Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway, in 2018. Geraldine has also written two novels for young people and a biography.

Seán Lysaght is from Limerick in Ireland and taught for many years at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Castlebar, Co Mayo. He is the author of six volumes of poems, including The Clare Island Survey (1991), Scarecrow (1998), The Mouth of a River(2007) and Carnival Masks (2014), all from Gallery Press.

He has also published a translation of Goethe’s Venetian Epigrams (Gallery, 2008), and a verse narrative of the life of Edmund Spenser. His prose work, Eagle Country, exploring the wild landscapes of Mayo and the west of Ireland, was published recently by Little Toller Books.

He won the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award in 2007 and his Selected Poems appeared from Gallery in 2010. He lives in Westport, County Mayo.

Based in Miltown Malbay, Claire Watts is a contemporary folk singer songwriter and educator. Originally from Galway, Claire has travelled, studied and performed extensively in Ireland, the U.S. and the U.K.

Her clear emotional voice and heartfelt lyrics have made her a favourite with audiences and students. As a veteran of both the stage and the studio, Claire released her latest album Landmark in 2018. She also performs as part of an Irish traditional duo with her husband Gerry Hegarty and regularly as part of the trio ‘Three Women Sing’ with singer songwriters Anne Rynne and Shona Blake.

Claire is currently completing a PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, exploring the reshaping of creative practice in songwriting. She is about to embark on a nationwide house concert tour in 2020.

Anne Rynne - Singer of Songs

Anne released her second album OH LIFE! in 2019 which features three covers and nine self penned songs about the trials and joys of life in Ireland today. A relative newcomer to the scene, Anne likes nothing more than to sing her songs, to watch as people listen and sway along with her. Her songs tell stories and provoke feelings and they calm and quieten people caught up in this noisy world.
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Well done to all involved in putting together the Bob Tisdall exhibition at Nenagh Heritage Centre. DNLF Committee members pictured at the opening of the exhibition. Lovely to catch up with our former chairperson Eleanor Hooker whose husband, Peter is a grandnephew of Bob Tisdall.
Photographs courtesy of Odhran Ducie OD Photography
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Looking forward to all the great events planned for Nenagh 800
Lovely evening at the launch recently
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AIB Bank
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Donal O’Connor
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Nenagh Credit Union
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Dearbhla and Colm Chadwick

Dennis Finnerty
Donal and Marie Whelan
Charles Stanley Smith and Elizabeth McGrath
Derg Cheese
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Loc8 Code: L70-74-M12 (Lough Derg Yacht Club).

GPS Coordinates: 52.925917,-8.275806


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


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.

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