Festival 2019

Brochure Available Here


“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

Friday 31st May

The   Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule, Co.Longford.       Admission : €10

8.15pm   Innyside Singers Recital.

8.30pm   Official Opening by Tom McGuire , Head of RTE Radio 1.     
9.00pm    Speaker:  Willie Kealy     

” The Decline of Print and the Future of Good Journalism”

10.00 pm Musical Entertainment by Tony Dunne Jim Mulkerrins and friends.

Saturday 1st June

Goldsmith Room, Ballymahon Community Library    Adm: €10.


11.00am     Chair:  Cian McCormack

“Press Freedom or a Free for all“

Speaker:  Brian O’Neill 

Speaker: Peter Feeney

1.00pm  Chair:  Denise Canavan

“The Digital Onslaught – What future for Print Journalism”

Speaker:  Grainne NiAodha

Speaker:  Dave O’Connell

5.00pm Site of George Conway’s Pub – adjacent to Ballymahon Community Library

Dramatised Performance of excerpts from “She Stoops to conquer”, performed by members of the Bog Lane Theatre

5.30pm Goldsmith Literary Tour

Tour will start from Goldsmith’s Statue

Literary Tour

8.30pm  The Three Jolly Pigeons

Traditional folk music and Ballad Session with P.J.Shanagher

Sunday 2nd June 

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

12.00am    Goldsmith Miscellany.

Chair: Sean Ryan

Speakers: Brendan Farrell, Dr. Mel Farrell, Neil Moxham, Patrick Eibhear O’Hanlon,

Dr. Shelley Deane

Pallas (Birthplace of Oliver Goldsmith).

3.30pm      Chair: Anne Tully

Selection of Poetry Readings from the winners of the Schools Poetry Competition.

Schools Poetry Competition adjudicated by Mary Melvin-Geoghegan

Readings: Poetry readings by the winning entrants of the Goldsmith Poetry competition.Adjudicated by acclaimed poet Noel Monahan

Poetry Reading by Noel Monahan

Cheese & Wine kindly Sponsored by Joe  &  Chris Farrell,  Pallas.

Music by Gerry Bohan