Edgeworthstown is gearing up for Maria Edgeworth Festival

News Reporter


News Reporter



Maria Edgeworth

This year’s Maria Edgeworth Festival will run from May 9 to 12 and will feature a broad programme of events including readings, music, song, walks and talks.

The festival kicks off on Thursday morning with a guided walk for Transition Year students and will include a Health & Wellness talk by Laura Thompson.

Friday evening in The Green features the children’s programme where the winners of the poetry competition will be announced by Nuala O’Connor and will include a Theatre Performance by the Mostrim Youth Players and music with the Children’s Youth Choir.

Saturday morning kicks off with two wonderful workshops on poetry and short story writing with renowned writers Nuala O’Connor and Paul Mc Veigh. Places limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

In the afternoon there will be a family nature walk around Glen Lake with ecologist Noreen Mc Loughlin, this will be followed by the unveiling of new murals in the town by artist Phil Atkinson.

At 8pm in The Manor, a festival concert with readings, song and music featuring Nuala O’Connor, Paul Mc Veigh, Aidan O'Hara, Eleanor Quaine and many local artists.

A feature of the evening will be the announcement of the winners of the prestigious Maria Edgeworth poetry and short story competitions which attracted entries worldwide.

On Sunday at The Rectory the 18th Century Costume Afternoon Tea Party featuring readings by students from Cnoc Mhuire, Granard and music by local artists.

This promises to be a very enjoyable family afternoon and will include a historical challenge for children.
Booking details: www.edgeworthstown.net or contact 043 6671801.