Brochure for the 2018 festival
“Where wealth and freedom reign contentment fails.
And honour sinks where commerce long prevails.”
The Traveller 1764
Friday 1st June
The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule, Co.Longford. Admission : €10
8.15pm Innyside Singers Recital.
830pm Official Opening by Donal Mac an Bheatha, Senior Planner, Longford County Council.
8.45pm Speaker: Dr. Fergus O’Ferrall
” ‘A Prospect of Society’: Public Happiness or Private Avarice?”
10.00 pm Musical Entertainment by Tony Dunne, Jim Mulkerrin and friends.
Saturday 2nd June
11.00am Chair: Ms. Claire McCormack
Speaker: John Connell “Goldsmith and Me – A long history”.
12.00am Speaker: Seamus Dooley “Journalism : Not just business, Why a free press is worth defending.”
1.30pm Chair: Eamonn Tynan
Speaker: Dr. Michael Griffin “Failures of contentment: Goldsmith, Brexit and Trump”
5.00pm Goldsmith Literary Tour.
9.00 pm The Three Jolly Pigeons
Traditional /Folk Music and Ballad session with the Henshaws..
Sunday 3rd June
12.00am Goldsmith Miscellany.
Chair: Brian Toolan
Speakers: Kevin Flood, John Noonan, Christy Mannion, Adrian Duncan, John Greene.
Musical Interludes by Donie Keyes and Padraig Campbell..
3.30pm Chair: Anne Tully
Readings: Poetry readings by the winning entrants of the Goldsmith Poetry competition.
Adjudicated by acclaimed poet Gerard Smyth
Poetry Reading by Gerard Smyth
Cheese & Wine kindly Sponsored by Joe & Chris Farrell, Pallas.
Music by Gerry Bohan