Monday 25 March 2019

Graigue Book Festival caps fantastic summer for town

David Looby

Book lovers enjoyed a fantastic weekend at this year's Graiguenamanagh Town of Books Festival in the medieval, riverside town.

Renowned authors Patricia Gibney and Helena Duggan, joined over 30 independent booksellers and food and craft makers over the three days. The internationally-renowned festival is now in its 15th year and was a must for anyone who wanted to pick up a bargain in new, second hand, antiquarian, children's and specialist books. This year's programme was extended to include an artisan food and craft element and live music. Every available space in the picture postcard town was turned into a bookshop for the event which drew big names and renowned collectors to the village.

The festival opened with 'Where Old Ghosts Meet', an exploration of the life, times and works of Patrick Kavanagh through poetry, prose and song. Visitors enjoyed a local history tour which included a fascinating look at the rich history and stories of Graiguenamanagh and its environs. Free children's activities ran throughout the weekend and food and craft stalls were dotted over the town. A tour of the 800 centuries old, Cushendale Woolen Mills was a great success with visitors travelling from all of the country to visit. A literary themed fancy dress and busking competition brightened up the dullness on the Sunday evening.

Graiguenamanagh Town of Books was the final of four festival weekends in the town which has been packed with tourists and outdoor pursuits enthusiasts.

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