Fourth Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival

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Cathedral Quarter Goes Literary!

From 18th – 20th October

Following on from the success of its Literary Festival in recent years Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter is aiming for even bigger and better things this year when its fourth festival kicks off on Friday October 18. And the main organiser of the event, Donnan Harvey, has no hesitation in putting out there that there is something for everyone during the three day event – from poetry to plays to live music not forgetting the odd lecture on renowned literary figures and their connections with this part of the country. It really should, says Donnan, be a marvellous weekend.

The official opening will take place at 7.30pm in the Donegal County Museum on High Road. It will be performed by Karen Levers and Richard & Rosalind Mulholland. This will be followed by a talk “Daughters of the House: The Significance of the Levers and Dunleath Collections to the story of Jane Austen’s Family in Ireland.” This talk will be given by noted Austen scholar, Dr.Sophia Hillan.

On day two it’s time to get a little more active and for those who want to get creative there will be a Short Story Writing Workshop with award winning blogger, journalist and playwright Phil Mac Giolla Bháin of the Irish Writers’ Union. It will be getting underway at 11am on the Saturday in Dillon’s Hotel on the Main Street. A bit of a literary polymath in 2015 Phil’s play ‘Hame’, which was based on a Glasgow Donegal family living through the tumult of the Scottish Independence referendum, garnered much critical acclaim.

The final day’s events begin with a Tour of Raphoe sites associated with the Weaver-Poet Sarah Leech by Dr. Pauline Holland. Leech, the most prominent female poet of the Ulster rhyming weavers, was an incisive social commentator whose fearless portrayals of 1820s Donegal society act as a portal through her tragic, yet remarkable life, and explores the environs and areas which formed the inspiration for her work. This gets underway at 10 a.m with the bus leaving Dillons Hotel.

The final event of the weekend will take place at Blake’s Bar when famed singer/songwriter and musician Mick Blake will take to the stage at 4pm. Described by none other than Christy Moore as a modern day bard Letterkenny born Mick writes powerful songs with powerful message on the issues of the day – injustice, inequality, war.

As numbers for some of the events are limited, some require transport and others need to be booked in advance it is advised to check out full details on the Facebook page where there is comprehensive information on all offerings.

Donnan Harvey can be contacted on 0863452457 or

For further information click HERE.

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