Welcome to the Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival Website

A Chairde,
As we celebrate the 19th year of the festival from 30th September to 2nd October 2022, we invite you
to join us in the beautiful historic town of Nenagh and the environs of Lough Derg to indulge your interest in the world of books and literature.
We have new events, new venues, and I’m delighted to say, post Covid, we can welcome you back to our unique and inspiring venues like Nenagh Castle, Nenagh District Heritage Centre, and aboard the Ku-Ee-Tu on Lough Derg.
This year is the 230th anniversary of the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival, where Edward Bunting first notated our Irish music. To mark this the committee have commissioned poet and harpist, Emily Cullen, and local musician Eileen O’Brien, to compose and perform new works in word and music.
Set in the 800 year old Nenagh Castle with its’ wonderful acoustics, this promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s programme. Our young booklovers will enjoy workshops and poetry writing competitions. The programme offers important support to new and emerging writers and invites you to enjoy high quality creative experiences in the company of some of the leading names in
writing today.
I want to thank my very dedicated committee and volunteers for the huge effort they put in to make the festival happen. Special thanks to our principal funders/partners The Arts Council, Tipperary Co.
Council, Creative Ireland, Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh Library, OPW and all our local sponsors and businesses, who make this a special weekend in our community. Thank you, whether you are a newcomer or a regular attendee, I hope you will have a weekend to remember full of inspiration, ideas and fun!

A léitheoirí is a scríbhneoirí, tá súil again go mbainfidh sibh sult as gach uile nóiméad den fhéile seo agus go mbeidh cuimhní áille agaibh agus sibh ár bhfágáil arís.

Geraldine McNulty
Chairperson and Festival Programmer

Festival Team

Geraldine McNulty, Chairperson / Programming

David McAvinchey, Vice Chairperson

Catherine Lahiff, Secretary

Geraldine Cronin, Treasurer

Committee members

Virginia O’Dowd, Margaret Folan, Kate Walsh, Kathleen O’Meara, Ellen Whelan and Deirdre Ryan.

Cormac Kinsella, PR and Social Media

Odhran Ducie, Festival Photographer

Programme 2022

Festival Gallery 2022


SOcial Media / nEWS

Facebook Posts

Best of luck to everyone tonightAwards night is finally here! 🎉

Tonight the wonderful @instmiriam will be hosting the An Post Irish Book Awards in @theccd where we will FINALLY announce the 2022 category winners AND celebrate in style with writers, publishers and readers alike.

Keep an eye out across our social channels for lots of announcements. We can’t wait! 📚

#APIBA #ReadersWanted An Post
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Best of luck Catherine from all at DNLF. Thanks so much for all help with the festival over the last few years. Very much appreciated. Nenagh Arts CentreA bitter sweet day for us all in #NenaghArts, as the wonderful
Catherine leaves us for pastures new.

Catherine has worked in Marketing & Festival Administration for over 6 years and has become so integral to the Arts Centre. We all wish her the very best for the future 😭❤️
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Great programme of events !! Lots of fun planned 🎃👻💀Nenagh Arts CentreRoll on #Spleodar22 starting tomorrow 😁😁😁

We're so excited to be welcoming our young community and their families back to the Arts Centre for another jam packed festival.

Huge thanks to our sponsors who make this festival happen every year Arts Council Ireland Tipperary Arts Office CreativeIrl
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Fabulous photos Odhran OD Photography . Thanks so much for capturing all our events so beautifully and creating many very special memories for us.
Browse through our Festival 2022 albums at www.dnlf.ie
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It was with deep sadness we learned yesterday of the untimely passing of our dear friend and committee member, David McAvinchey. David's quiet unassuming manner, quick wit and genuine 'grá' for the Irish language, history, literature and music will remain with us always.
Our heartfelt sympathies to David's wife Elizabeth, his sons, Andrew, Paul, Shane and Gavin, his daughter Claire, daughters in law, son in law, his adored grandchildren, extended family, relatives and his many many friends.
May David's gentle soul rest in peace.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Photo : David, captured at Dromineer, Festival 2022 on Sunday October 2nd
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Tipperary County Council

The Arts Council

Creative Ireland

Nenagh Arts Centre

Nenagh Library 



John Hanly & Company Ltd

Borrisoleigh Bottling Ltd

Cáis na Tíre Farmhouse Cheese

Cronin Architects

David Peters Solicitors

Denis & Dorothy Finnerty

Eddie Guerin

Echo IT Donal Bray

Florrie Purcell, The Scullery


Ger Gavin House of Gifts

Jackie Cahill TD

Jacques & Mary Lumbroso

Lee Auctioneers

Margaret and James Dodd

Michael Gilmartin Auctioneer

Michael Lowry TD

O’Connor’s Supervalu

PJ and Sally Slattery, Dromineer

Dr. Pat & Mareta Harold

Sheedy’s Centra

Tom McGrath, The Foodhall

The Nenagh Bookshop

The Pantry

The Thatched Cottage

Tim & Isabel Treacy



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.

Get directions via the AA Route Planner


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