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02 Dec 2021

GAA President to open Ballinamore club’s readers’ symposium

Ballinamore Seán O’Heslin’s GAA club are the organisers of a major readers’ symposium called “Dialogues through Literature” which will take place in Ballinamore, County Leitrim starting Thursday, August 2. This event is unique for a GAA club and the project is a cross-border and cross-community event funded by the International Fund for Ireland.

Ballinamore Seán O’Heslin’s GAA club are the organisers of a major readers’ symposium called “Dialogues through Literature” which will take place in Ballinamore, County Leitrim starting Thursday, August 2. This event is unique for a GAA club and the project is a cross-border and cross-community event funded by the International Fund for Ireland.

The official opening on Thursday (August 2) at 7.30pm by Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill, will be followed by a discussion about ‘Sport, Culture and Leadership’ with a panel including Colm O’Rourke, GAA writer and RTE Sport pundit and Trevor Ringland, former Ireland rugby player.

Following that, acclaimed actor and playwright, Séamus O’Rourke will do a stage presentation ‘Stories and Observations from a Rural Life’. The general public are invited to attend and booking is not necessary for the opening night.

On the Friday and Saturday, there is a wide programme of writers and speakers including: Theo Dorgan, Mary O’Donnell, David Park, Susan McKay, DBC Pierre, Christina Dwyer Hickey, Tony McAuley, and others. There are Irish language sessions with Ré Ó Laighléis and music and song from Gearóid Mac Lochlainn and Caoimhín Mac Giolla Cathain. There is also a tour of John McGahern country.

Admission is free to all events and refreshments and food is provided at all events, including lunch on Friday and Saturday, also free of charge. The Symposium takes place at Páirc Sheáin Uí Eislin in Ballinamore.

For the Friday and Saturday events it is necessary to book and you can do so by ringing Caroline McCartin at Leitrim County Library 071 9645546 Monday-Friday 10.00-1.30pm and 2.30-5.00pm. From Northern Ireland you can ring Ruth Moore at 078 43279807 or email dialoguesthroughliterature@gmail.com

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