Author Events / Imeachtaí Udar


19.00 Friday 22 November
The Dingle Skellig Hotel

Opening Ceremony

19.00 Formal opening of the Festival with drinks reception. Guests of honour: Brendan Griffin, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Micheál de Mórdha. Music by Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich.
Entry to the opening ceremony is included in your ticket to the Fintan O’Toole event. Book Here.


20.00 Friday 22 November
The Dingle Skellig Hotel

Ireland: The Irish & Irish Culture 2020 & Beyond with Fintan O’Toole

What are Fintan’s thoughts are on where Ireland will be in 2020. Will Brexit have happened? How does that change Ireland’s role on the world stage? What is happening to Irish Culture? What impact will a United Ireland have on the Irish Language? Hear Fintan’s thoughts on Ireland in 2020.

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11.00 Saturday 23 November
An Máimin, Ballyferriter

Performance Nutrition Meals with Daniel Davey

It takes more than skill to be an elite athlete. What you eat and how you prepare for a match is as critical as how many press-ups you do. Find out what makes the best players in Ireland keep going in the eighty-second minute of an All-Ireland Final or in the final of a Heineken Cup Final. Tickets are €5 for adults & under 18’s are free.

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Performance Nutrition Meals with Daniel Davey is sponsored by Garvey’s of Dingle


11.00 Saturday 23 November
Ré Nua Natural Health Clinic, 3 Goat Street, Dingle

Caroline Foran Talks Anxiety and Confidence with Deanna O’Connor

Caroline Foran is the number 1 bestselling author of Owning It and The Confidence Kit. Owning It was her first book, chronicling her experiences with anxiety and offering her ‘Assess and Address Approach’.

Caroline will be in conversation with Deanna O’Connor and will discuss how to turn anxiety into an ally.

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14.00 Saturday 23 November
Dingle Bookshop

Memoir, Loss and Family with Ian Maleney in conversation with Fintan O’Toole

Ian Maleney’s precise and poignant debut Minor Monuments is part memoir and part exploration; a portrait on his grandfather, John Joe, and his home-place in the rural midlands.

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14.00 Saturday 23 November
Dingle Skellig Hotel, Movie Room

Dhá sheisiún scéalaíochta le Sinéad Ní Uallacháin, dírithe ar aoisghrúpaí faoi leith.

Is ar dhaoine óga faoi sheacht mbliana d’aois a bheidh an chéad ócáid, a mhairfidh óna 14:00-14:30. Leabhair Ghaeilge, oiriúnach don aoisghrúpa seo, a léifear sa chéad leath.

Is giotaí ón leabhar Na Gamail, le Roald Dahl a léifear sa dara leath. Seo leagan Gaeilge ar The Twits, aistrithe go Gaeilge ag Muiris Ó Raghallaigh agus foilsithe ag Leabhar Breac. Is ar dhaoine óga, ós cionn seacht mbliana d’aois, atá an ócáid seo, a bheidh ar siúl óna 14:30-15:00.

Tickets free – booking required

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15.00 Saturday 23 November
An Diseart, Green Street

The Personals with Brian O’Connell

For Brian, the classified ads can open a door into the lives of ordinary people with extraordinary stories. From wedding dresses ‘never worn’ to pet monkeys for sale, the ads are a treasure trove of stories, of human experience, of loss and love.

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15.00 Saturday 23 November
An Cafe Liteartha

Saol agus Saothar Ceathrar Údar Gaeilge

Seán Ó Luing, Annraoi Ó Liatháin, Úna Ní Mhaoileoin agus Dónall Mac Amhlaigh.

An Cafe Liteartha, Sráid an Dá Gheata, An Daingean, Co. Chiarraí.

Athfhéachaint, faoi stiúir Mháiréad Uí Dhomhnaill, ar shaol agus ar shaothar ceathrar a d’fhág oidhreacht shaibhir litríochta againn.

Lá: Dé Sathairn Am: 15.00
Cead Isteach: saor Sóláistí.


16.00 Saturday 23 November
Dingle Bookshop

The Unrepentant Propagandist

Celebrating Dorothy Macardle with Dr Leeann Lane and Nuala O Connor.

Dorothy Macardle – teacher, playwright, journalist and novelist – is best known as the author of The Irish Republic (1937), the first history of the revolutionary period from an anti-Treaty perspective. Leeann and Nuala will talk about Macardle, her role in Irish society against the backdrop of republicanism after 1916.

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17.00 Saturday 23 November
An Diseart Green St.,

A Beautiful Affair with the voice of Stockton’s Wing, Mike Hanrahan

Mike will share with you tales behind the Irish music scene, from when he started out in the 1970s through to today. Hear how he cooks up the favourite dishes of some of Ireland’s most-loved entertainers.

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18.00 Saturday 23 November
John Benny’s Pub Dingle

Launch of Deleted by Dairena Ní Chinnéide.

You are welcome to the launch by Nuala O’Connor of Deleted (Salmon Poetry 2019), written by Dairena Ní Chinnéide.

“Motherhood, anger, sex, meditation and gratitude swirl in the sea of these poems, and if the sea washes the shores of Corca Dhuibhne, the territory and the known terrain of her poetry in Irish, Dairena Ní Chinnêide is well able for the sea and its turning currents when she embarks on this voyage into English. Here in these poems her own place sings to us in its own tongue, as her own life sings back to the poet in all its rich variety of experience. Here are poems of rueful sorrow, informed reflection, earned intelligence and delight.” Theo Dorgan

Fáilte romhaibh isteach.


19.00 Saturday 23 November
Dingle Library

Book Club with Felicity Hayes-McCoy

A transatlantic Book Club discussion of The Mistletoe Matchmaker, the third in Felicity Hayes-McCoy’s Finfarran series of novels. The event, facilitated by librarians Bernard Mac Brádaigh and Ellen Moriarty, will be hosted in Dingle by Leabharlann Dhaingean Uí Chúis and in the US by the John Boyle O’Reilly Club, Springfield, Massachusetts.

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20.00 Saturday 23 November
Dingle Benners Hotel

In Celebration of Aisling

Meet Complete Aislings Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght on Saturday night 23rd November for an evening of laughs. With entirely authentic voices that get you giggling immediately, you know you’ll be in the company of friends with Sarah and Emer.

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In Celebration of Aisling is sponsored by The Dingle Pub, Main Street, Dingle.


20.00 Saturday 23 November
Halla na Feothanaí

A Celebration of Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé

Celebrate the writings of one of the best-known Irish writers of his generation, noted for his autobiography A Thig Ná Tit Orm. Join us for a night of readings, dancing, singing and a multi-media event showcasing the photographs of his life.

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A Celebration of Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé is sponsored by Fitzgerald’s Homevalue of Dingle


11.00 Sunday 24 November
Nano Nagle Room, An Diseart, Dingle

How to get published with Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

A half-day seminar in which looks at everything you ever wanted to know about publishing but were afraid to ask… submitting to literary journals, magazines and competitions, submitting to publishers and agents self-publishing (why and when?) the money (how much? how little?) what do editors really mean when they say… ? how do you find an agent? what’s the deal with synopses & why are they so painful to write? cover letters – what to include (and why) word count worries how to stay sane when submitting (and getting rejections) how to take feedback (without crying) keep developing your skills (beyond ‘beginners’) what makes a useful critique partner/group?

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13.00 Sunday 24 November
Dingle Bookshop

Irish Identity, Úna-Minh Kavanagh in conversation with Dr Leeann Lane

Úna-Minh is a journalist and content creator by trade and a fluent Irish speaker based in Ireland. In October Una-Minh’s memoir will be published. Anseo is the story of her adoption by a single woman in Kerry, learning to speak Irish and how she deals with questions such as “are you really Irish”.

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14.00 Sunday 24 November
An Diseart

Hugo Hamilton in conversation with Nicholas Mclachlan

In Dublin Palms, the spectacular new novel from the author of The Speckled People, a family tries to hold on in a falling world. It is a powerful story of fragmentation and belonging, of emigrants and people returning home.

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Local Author Showcase

16.00 Sunday 24 November
The Dingle Bookshop

Literature and the Dingle Peninsula go hand in hand. In this event we will showcase books and writers from across Peninsula.
Breda Joy, Luke Eastwood and Barbara Byar will talk to about their writing, how they came to write the book and do a short reading from their latest work. You’ll have a chance to ask them questions afterwards.
This is a free event.

More details HERE

Breda Joy, Luke Eastwood and Barbara Byar

The Burren Dinners Release Party by Trevis L. Gleason

16.00 Sunday 24 November
O’Flaherty’s pub

Join Trevis to celebrate the publication of his latest book, Burren Dinners. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. We’ll have paella from chef Nicky Foley from Solas restaurant, music from fabulous local musicians, great deals on newly released books, agus Craic which promises to be 90!

What do chefs cook when they have friends and family round for dinner? Award-winning author Trevis L. Gleason asked just that of the renowned chefs and artisan food producers of The Burren. Influenced by their rugged surroundings, pristine indigenous ingredients and generations-old passion for communal dining, the leading voices in The Burren food scene share treasured three-course dinner-party menus they’d serve in their own homes. From everyday dining to special occasions, these foodies share their recipes and Trevis serves up the back-stories of these creative, passionate, hard-working lovers of food at its best.


20.00 Sunday 24 November
The Chapel, An Diseart, Dingle

Filíocht Dhomhnaill Mac Síthigh/Danny Sheehy SOLD OUT

Tá dánta le Danny roghnaithe ag a chairde na ceoltóirí aitheanta Glen Hansard, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh agus Matt Griffin – agus ceol curtha acu leo. Labharfaidh siad anocht ar na cúiseanna leis an rogha dán agus beidh siad á gcur i láthair acu.  Beidh an ócáid seo á mhaoiniú ag Dingle Crystal

In this celebration of the poetry of Danny Sheehy, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Matt Griffin and Glen Hansard have set one of his poems to music. They will perform the work at the event and talk about how they came to compose that piece of music. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

Celebrating the Poetry of Domhnall Mac Síthigh is sponsored by Dingle Crystal


Ponc Press – Bespoke Craft Poem Printing

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November 11.00 to 16.00
Ponc Press, Bothar an Uisce (River Lane), Dingle

A unique opportunity to immortalise your poems in beautiful print! We will typeset and print ten copies of your poem on our Heidelberg Press for you. €10 per ten lines.

Full details HERE