Festival 2018

Brochure for the 2018 festival

Goldsmith Brochure 2018

Press Release 2018


“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

Goldsmith Room, Ballymahon Community Library    Adm: €10.

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 

Goldsmith Room, Ballymahon Community Library. Adm: €10.

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..

Pallas (Birthplace of Oliver Goldsmith).

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