Co Longford's Maria Edgeworth Festival still going strong after 24 years

Jessica Thompson

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Maria Edgeworth

Edgeworth Literary Festival Committee: Brigid Duffy, John McGerr, Cathaoirleach of Ballymahon MD Paul Ross, Goretti Hannon, Chairperosn Angela Tuite, Seamus Kelly, Frank Greene and Des Skelly

It's been 24 years since a group of Edgeworth enthusiasts got together to set up one of county Longford's most popular calendar events, the Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival in 1995.

In almost a quarter of a century, the festival has grown from strength to strength to the extent that there are people from across Europe and further afield who mark it in their calendars every year to ensure they don't miss it.

This year, the festival has a programme filled with events, workshops and literary tours that will interest people from all walks of life.

Guest speakers include author, Nuala O'Connor, Paul McVeigh, Aidan O'Hara and local woman Eleanor Quaine.

There will be a talk on the Edgeworth History Trail for second level students on Thursday, May 9, as well as a talk on Health and Wellness by local Nutritional Therapist Laura Thompson.

Also in the extensive programme are poetry and short story readings, a performance by the Mostrim Youth Players of The Lady of the Fertile Ridge, written by Pauline Flood, and a family nature walk by Glen Lake.

The festival will finish up on Sunday, May 12, with an 18th century costume tea party and a tour of the Rectory in Edgeworthstown.

An Edgeworth Exhibition with kind permission of the RDS, curated by Gerard Whelan and Sharon Burrell of the RDS Library will also be on display all weekend.

The festival takes place from May 9 to 12. All events can be booked through the festival website at www.edgeworthstown.net.