Exciting line-up for
festival’s 30th birthday

At the launch of the Goldsmith International Literary Festival on Friday evening last by the statue of Oliver Goldsmith outside Ballymahon library were  from left ; Willie Dowler, Dermot Sheehy, Seamus McCormack, Tom Seery, Ann Tully, Tom Farrell, Willie Flanagan, Joe Farrell, Niall Nally and  Sean Ryan. Photo: Declan Gilmore
This year’s Goldsmith International Literary Festival is already shaping up to be one of the best yet.

This year’s Goldsmith International Literary Festival is already shaping up to be one of the best yet.

The iconic festival, which was launched in Ballymahon last Friday, is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and is working under the theme “A Sense of Place Pallas, Inniskeen, Mossbawn the Importance and Significance of birthplace in influencing the works of Goldsmith, Kavanagh and Heaney.

On Friday, May 30 under the chairmanship of Festival Chairman Seamus McCormack, the official opening will be performed by Professor Andrew Carpenter, Emeritus Professor of English at UCD, who also delivered the keynote speech at the first festival 30 years ago.

A presentation by Larry McCluskey and Art Agnew will take place afterwards, followed by a panel discussion and music by the McGoey family at the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule.

Saturday will begin in Ballymahon with the Goldsmith Literary Tour commencing at 11am.

Later on in the day, the Goldsmith Room in Ballymahon library will host talks by Dr Fergus O Ferrall and Noel Monahan, both of whom have appeared at the annual festival on a number of occasions.

The Goldsmith Barbecue in the ‘Three Jolly Pigeons’ pub in Tang will round off the evening.

The festival will draw to a close on Sunday, June 1 with the third annual Goldsmith Miscellany in the Goldsmith room, chaired by William Dowler.

The final event takes place as usual at Goldsmith’s birthplace, Pallas, with the results of the poetry competitions, adjudicated upon by local poet Noel Monahan.

Chaired by Anne Tully of the festival committee, the poetry competitions have received high quality entries from all over Ireland. Sponsored by Anthony O Haire Transport and Ballymahon Credit Union, this event will also welcome Des Egan, who read at the inaugural event 30 years ago.

For more information on the festival and the range of exciting events taking place, visit www.goldsmithfestival.ie.