Theme for Goldsmith Festival 2020

This years theme has just been announced:

2020 THEME

With 2020 being the 250th anniversary of the publishing of Goldsmith’s great poem, “The Deserted Village” in 1770, it is appropriate that this years festival will centre on this poetic masterpiece and it’s themes. With Irish Agriculture, particularly the Beef Industry, coming under increasing pressure on both the economic and climate fronts, this years theme seeks to explore the future for the Irish beef and indeed wider food industry.

Our Theme:

“The Deserted Village”

As ‘Rural virtues leave the land’

What now for Irish Agriculture and it’s ‘Bold Peasantry’

Press Launch 2019

Our Press Launch took place on May 16th in Skelly’s, Ballymahon. Thanks to the photographers, reporters and everybody who attended.

Here are some images from the Launch

Press Launch 2019

The Press Launch of the 2019 Goldsmith Festival will take place this evening , Thursday May 16th. A photocall at Goldsmith’s Statue in Market Square, Ballymahon at 6.30pm will be followed by the Press Launch in Skelly’s at 7.00pm.

Theme Decided for 2019

The Theme for the 2019 Festival has been decided

“Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no fibs”

Tony Lumpkin – “She Stoops to Conquer” 1773

Journalism, News and Democracy

Grub Street in the 21st Century

Very Successful Opening Night

The Festival began last night in Abbeyshrule with a wonderful night’s entertainment.   After a beautiful and interesting Official opening Talk by Donal Mac an Bheatha we were then treated to a most stimulating and thought-provoking lecture by Dr. Fergus O’Ferrall.  The night was rounded off by a fantastic Traditional Session by Tony Dunne, Jim Mulkerrin and friends.

See pictures on Facebook and videos of the music session on our Gallery Page

School’s Poetry Competition

Due to the very large volume of entries for the Schools Poetry competition, a great deal of shortlisting has been taking place. Winners and highly commended are being contacted individually. Thank you for your patience. Many thanks to the principals staff and of course students and parents for the wonderful work.
Winners and highly commended are as always invited to read under the trees at Pallas on Sunday.
Thank you once again

Final Preparations

A Goldsmith “selfie” of the committee

The final embellishments being applied to the weekend’s activities at last night’s committee meeting.

Chairman Seamus McCormack and Secretary Willie Flanagan

Press Launch

The Press Launch for the 2018 Goldsmith literary Festival will take place in

Nally’s, Ballymahon  this Thursday evening, May 17th at 6.00pm

Photocall will take place at Goldsmith’s Statue, Ballymahon Library at 6.15pm.

Food and Wine reception  after the Press Launch.