Wednesday 19 June 2019

A celebration of poetry and music in Ashford

Storyteller Fiona Dowling
Storyteller Fiona Dowling

Myles Buchanan

The Annual Féile Londubh poetry and music festival in Ashford features a programme of events containing a variety of local, national and international artists.

The three day festival, presented by Alchemy Concerts, takes place in Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Nun's Cross Church, Scoil Coróine Mhuire and Ashford Community and Heritage Centre and will feature music, literature and children's events.

To kick start this year's programme, Fiona Dowling, a French-Irish storyteller and visual artist will be hosting a storytelling event for children in association with Wicklow Mobile Library at the Ashford Heritage Centre on Friday, May 17, at 4 p.m. The event is free but booking is required.

The official festival launch takes place later that evening at 7 p.m. in Church of the Most Holy Rosary featuring Wicklow Male Voice Choir, composer Elaine Agnew, poetry by students from St Coens and music by students attending Nun's Cross NS and Scoil Coróine Mhuire NS. Tickets for this free concert are available on Eventbrite.

A lunch time concert takes place in the heritage centre on Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. featuring performances from emerging artists Stephen Walker and Préachán. Tickets cost €8/€6.

Nuns Cross Church plays host to the festival's flagship concert 'The First 100 Years' from 8 p.m. with Jane Clarke, Sonamus, Londubh String Quintet and Deirdre Moynihan.

This very special concert will reflect on 100 years of the Irish Republic through poetry, music, and song. Tickets are €18 or €16 concession. Admission for a family of four is €30, while tickets for children under 12 cost €5.

A free children's workshop called 'Fighting Words' takes place on Sunday, May 19 at Scoil Coróine Mhuire at 10 a.m. The event is free but participants must register in advance on Eventbrite.

A baby music workshop for those aged under one takes place in the heritage centre with Anna Newell and Eamon Sweeney. Tickets cost €7.50. Each session is limited to four babies plus one guardian per baby.

A Seamus Heaney Woodland Walk led by writer David Butler and naturalist Richard Nairn will meet at the heritage centre car park at 10.30 a.m. to car pool to Devil's Glen Woods.

This workshop will focus on generating new ideas and fresh approaches to writing poetry. The session will start with a guided local walk and end with a writing workshop. Tickets are €10 or €5 with a concession.

The 2019 festival ends with a fun and engaging toddler music workshop for two to five year olds with Eamon Sweeney taking place in Scoil Coróine Mhuire NS from 12.30 p.m.

The workshop is limited to 15 children and tickets cost €5.

Wicklow People