Wednesday 28 January 2015

Aiden back in old stamping ground Dingle for a cuppa

Published 17/04/2014 | 02:30

Actor Aiden Gillen launches the 2014 Feile na Bealtaine festival in Dingle, Co Kerry, which will run in May. Don MacMonagle

Actor Aiden Gillen was back in one of his favourite places to help launch Feile na Bealtaine in Dingle, Co Kerry.

But for the star of 'Game of Thrones', 'The Wire', 'Calvary' and 'Love/Hate' it was only a quick trip.

He returns to the US again this week but hopes to be back in Dingle over the May bank holiday weekend.

A resident of west Kerry until recently, the Dublin-born actor said he hopes to enjoy some of the events of the bilingual arts festival, which will run from May 1-5.

A regular visitor to the town, Gillen has also returned in December for the past three years to host 'Other Voices'.

And this year he'll have loads to choose from in a packed programme of events at a range of unusual venues that includes a church, a mart, a courthouse and even a horsebox.

Irish folk/rock outfit Little Green Cars will headline the musical line-up but other highlights include soprano Cara O'Sullivan, folk singer Sophie Coyle and traditional maestros Seamus Begley and Eoin Duignan.

Dingle's district courthouse will host a series of talks with some of Ireland's leading campaigners, including homeless activist Fr Peter McVerry and New Beginning founder Ross Maguire.

The festival also features theatre, poetry and an advance screening of the movie 'Run and Jump', filmed in Dingle, at the Phoenix Cinema.

There will also be plenty for the kids, with puppetry, clowns, acrobatics and jugglers at the parade.

Irish Independent

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