ECHOES: Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers

Echoes celebrates the work of Maeve Binchy and other renowned Irish writers. It takes place at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October 2018.

The full day (10.00am -5.00pm) of talks, discussions, readings and dramatisations will be on Saturday 6th October with ancillary events on the 5th and 7th.

The morning session will look at the evolution of contemporary Irish women writers: and the part that Maeve Binchy’s international success played in this. Is gender still a relevant topic in writing or is it perhaps more significant than ever?

Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan TD will open ECHOES 2018.

Dr. Melissa Sihra’s keynote address will elaborate on ‘Intuitive Feminism….’ . Writers Henrietta Mc Kervey, Declan Hughes, Sinéad Crowley, Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O’Flanagan and Claudia Carroll will all discuss various aspects of the theme up to lunchtime.

In the afternoon session, Frank McGuinness, Catherine Dunne and Diarmaid Ferriter will deal with Ireland’s new-found freedom and how it contrasts with the dark days of past emigration. Actors Claudia Carroll, Clelia Murphy and Margaret Toomey (Fair City) and Lorcan Cranitch will lead the actors in a rehearsed reading of Maeve Binchy’s play ‘Deeply Regretted By…’

View the full programme here: outline.

ECHOES: Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
5th to 7th October 2018
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Early Bird Full Day Tickets €45 (plus booking fee). Limited availability.
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Full day tickets thereafter €55 (plus booking fee).
Half day tickets (morning or afternoon) at €30 each (plus booking fee).
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Maeve Binchy Tribute Show
‘Aches & Pains’

Friday 5th October, 7.30pm
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
Admission: €15.00 (plus booking fee)
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Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers
Guided Walk in Dalkey

Sunday 7th October 11.00am
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
Admission: €12.50 (plus booking fee)
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Gordon Snell at Echoes 2017: Photo Gordon McabeECHOES 2017

The inaugural Echoes event was launched on Friday 29th September 2017 with a Maeve Binchy Tribute Show, in the company of friends, and family, including Maeve’s husband, the writer Gordon Snell.

Photograph: Gordon Snell welcoming attendees

Photographer: Conor McCabe