Tuesday 22 January 2019

An evening of song and stories for Culture Night in Enniscorthy

Daniel Donagher, Karen Franklin, Roisin Williams and Liz Fitzgerald
Daniel Donagher, Karen Franklin, Roisin Williams and Liz Fitzgerald
Jessica Bolton-Lee, Heather Bolton-Lee and Jodi Pender
Liz Sinnott, Emily Neville, Anthony Tinney, Sylvia Kelly,Catherine McKeown and Jackie Kenny

Pádraig Byrne

Enniscorthy celebrated its rather unique literary and musical culture on Friday night as events took over two of the town's most historic buildings - the Castle and the Athenaeum - for Culture Night 2018. A national event, Culture Night is a celebration of arts and culture in towns right across Ireland and Enniscorthy was certainly not found wanting as an impressive array of speakers and performers took to the stage in front of large audiences.

In the drawing room of Enniscorthy Castle, there was a taste of what's to come from this year's Wexford Literary Festival with readings from best-selling authors Carmel Harrington, Shane Dunphy and Paul O'Reilly, along with award-winning poets John Kelly, Joe Neal and Paddy Kehoe. On the night, there were also performances from singer Aisling Williams, tin-whistle player Conor Kenny, Maura Flannery and Niall Wall. There was also rock n' roll dancing and Enniscorthy Drama Group performed an excerpt from a new play written by director Tom Reddy called 'Anything Quare' launching their new pub theatre venture which will arrive at a pub near you next month.

Over at the Athenaeum, you could here the strains of some wonderful traditional music emanating from the main hall of the historic building. A selection of the area's finest musicians took to the stage and performed to an enthusiastic crowd. Particularly noticeable on the night was the amount of young talent taking part which shows that the culture of traditional music in the locality is still one that is going strong and is being passed from one generation to the next.

Both events were said to have been a big success and were attended by local elected representatives and officials. The Castle event served to whet the appetite for the Wexford Literary Festival which takes over the town from November 2 to 4. For more details see

Enniscorthy Guardian