Wednesday 19 December 2018

Host of events for annual arts festival

Beaulieu House is the place to be on Bank Holiday Monday
Beaulieu House is the place to be on Bank Holiday Monday

"The May Bank Holiday weekend is coming and that can mean only one thing … it's Drogheda Arts Festival Time" declares Collette Farrell, co-chair of the Drogheda Arts Festival.

With a range of free and ticketed events, the Drogheda Arts Festival offers something for everyone. Co-chair Elaine Cronin continues "Music, poetry, walking tours, visual arts and DJs are just the start. We've a host of new plays by local theatre companies and two big family fun events."

Drogheda Arts Festival runs from 1-7th May in venues right across the town. Obvious venues include the Droichead Arts Centre, Highlanes Gallery and St. Peter's Church of Ireland but there are some new and unusual locations too such as The Chocolate Factory, The Living Room at Sarsfield's and An Grianán. Check out the full line up for the week on

Some of the highlights for 2018 include:

Love Hate star John Connors will take to the stage for "Dissenters". He'll be in conversation with the BBC's Marie-Louise Muir about his views on politics, travellers' rights, homelessness, and so much more.

The world premiere of "The Star of Chesters Lane", a new play about the life of Drogheda's Kate the Navvy. It is accompanied by another new production "The Immortals" featuring a view of life through the eyes of some of Drogheda's most well-known historical characters. A Midsummer Night's Murder will take place in An Grianán with dinner theatre and a super production by Catastrophe Theatre Company.

A new walking tour for 2018 includes Drogheda's musical heritage. "Songtrail" features music, songs, stories and tells the tale of Drogheda's rich traditional music history.

"The Word" an unmissable night of spoken word from some of Ireland's foremost performance poets, including Derry artist, Abby Oliveira.

Legendary DJs, Mike Joyce and Tim Burgess play Sarsfield's and Fusion respectively while 'Spectrum' aka Pete 'Sonic Boom' Kember plays the music of Spectrum, E.A.R & Spacemen 3 in his only Irish performance.

Family fun is a really important part of the Drogheda Arts Festival every year. And everyone is invited to take part explains Elaine Cronin "Join us for a free family fun event on Saturday 5th May. Drogheda Arts Festival at St Dominic's Park runs from 12:30-5pm, and will include circus acts, kids comedy and imagination building blocks. It will be a feast of colour, activity and fun and a great free day out for kids and grown-ups."

Collette Farrell concludes "We are thrilled to announce the return of Drogheda Arts Festival at Beaulieu on Bank Holiday Monday. With more acts and activities than ever before it promises to be a fabulous way to spend your day off. Live music on the woodland stage, acoustic gigs in the chapel, ballet in the garden and traditional games on the lawn. There will be a feast of food and music in the quadrangle with brass bands and DJs and delicious tea and buns. Don't miss The Cottage Market Beaulieu with treats and gifts for all ages."

Tickets are on sale now for all events. Visit to book your tickets or pop into the box office at the Droichead Arts Centre in Stockwell Street. Follow the Festival on Facebook and Twitter for Festival updates. The Drogheda Arts Festival is generously funded by Louth County Council and the Arts Council with accommodation sponsorship from the d hotel.

Drogheda Independent