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.
“The Deserted Village”
As ‘Rural virtues leave the land’
What now for Irish Agriculture and it’s ‘Bold Peasantry’
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.
The 34th Festival has now concluded and we look back with pride on a very successful, interesting, thought provoking and well attended festival adorned by glorious sunshine. We will soon be planning the 35th Festival in 2019.
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.
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