ECHOES: Maeve Binchy & Irish Writers Festival

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1st -3rd October 2021
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

“This Year It Will Be Different”

Over the last eighteen months, so many things we took for granted have changed. We stayed safer by staying apart. We got used to new ways of being in the world. We learned how to show solidarity and friendship at a distance. And we found different ways to connect with each other and share our stories.

This Year It Will Be Different is a short story collection Maeve Binchy published in 1995. Filled with her trademark wit and intuitive understanding of what makes people tick, This Year It Will Be Different powerfully evokes the lives of people during times of change. With an exciting line-up of events and featuring some of Ireland’s most popular writers, Echoes 2021 celebrates friendship, making new connections, and hearing new and unheard stories.

Friday 1st October 7.30pm
Maeve Binchy’s hilarious Aches and Pains adapted by Shay Linehan.

Saturday 2nd October 9.30am-5.00pm
This Year It Will Be Different… a day of talks, discussions and readings featuring: Chris Binchy, Gillian Binchy, Rosita Boland, Turtle Bunbury, Anna Carey, Sinéad Crowley, Rachel English, Ruth Fitzmaurice, Patrick Freyne, Sarah Gilmartin, Sarah Maria Griffin, Neil Hegarty, Rónán Hession, Caelainn Hogan, Róisín Ingle, Kathleen MacMahon, Dr Phil Mullen, Deirdre O’Kane and Gordon Snell.

Sunday 3rd October
Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers Guided Walk from Dalkey Castle at 11am.
Read the Wave, Ruth Fitzmaurice, author of I Found My Tribe leads the first Echoes sea swim! FREE 10 .30am, Vico Baths, Vico Road.


Information and booking for all events at

Download the Programme Flyer for Echoes 2021

Full details and all booking at Friday and Saturday events are indoor, live, and with socially distanced seating. Covid vaccination certificates must be produced at the door for entry. Masks must be worn at all events, Limited number tickets available. Full programme and booking at Booking fees apply.

Ireland’s only literary festival with Maeve Binchy at its heart