Arts Roundup 2017 (Festivals)

Remember the Brave

In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge - A unique evening of music, poetry and readings on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the death of the poet Francis Ledwidge.   This concert performed by Lassus Chamber Choir, directed by Ite O Donovan also featured work by the poet Noel Monahan.  New choral compositions by Paul Flynn, director of Music at St Michael’s Church, Enniskillen and inspired by the event of 1916 were included.

Festival Of The Dead 

The Neon Wake was back in 2017 celebrating the deep relationship of the arts with our many rituals around life and death.   Multiple Frankenstein’s including ‘Jeremy Kyle’ told an alternative version of Mary Shelley’s classic with a balletic performance by Frankenstein himself.  Prometheus Bound with strange half human half animal creatures, musicians and pyro-technic delights against the backdrop of a corrugated iron doomsday version of Townhall, Cavan was simply, audacious. 

Swift 350 

Mullagh celebrated the birth of Dean Jonathan Swift with Swift 350 with a performance of Talking Through his Hat an enthralling theatrical presentation from Michael Harding based on the work of Swift.  Madeleine Uí Mhealoid with the Fox Family of Quilca House hosted a tour of ‘Swift country, the children at St Kilian’s N.S. responded to the work of Swift with a giant replica of Gulliver and visual and written responses to the work.  St Kilian’s Heritage Centre was honoured with a presentation of a selection of works by Swift from a German patron. 

Cootehill Arts Festival 

The Cootehill Arts Festival which was a premier arts event in the country in the 80’s and 90’s has re-emerged.  This year their programme included Glen Hansard, Footsbarn, an exhibition of work from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Peter Fallon, Gallery Press.  


Date and time:

21 December 2017 to 15 January 2018


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