Dromineer Literary Festival
The Dromineer Literary Festival has become well known and much loved as a friendly and intimate event and the location, on the banks of Lough Derg, certainly contribute to its charm.
Although called a literary festival, the events are more wide ranging than this suggests, encompassing visual arts, film, crafts and music.
In 2011 the festival has a special focus on crafts, with David Shaw-Smith giving a talk based on on his landmark Hands TV documentary series. Films in the Hands series will be screened throughout the weekend and boatbuilder Jimmy Furey will also be in attendance. A ‘Craft to Art’ exhibition runs throughout the festival.
Literary events include the annual ‘Meet the Authors’ strand, which features Jennifer Johnston, one of Ireland’s finest contemporary writers and novelist and short story writer John McKenna, as well as poetry readings and workshops.
It’s impossible to ignore the mighty Shannon River when you are in Dromineer, and the annual cruise and talk on Sunday afternoon aboard The Spirit of Killaloe has always been a popular part of the festival. This year Rick Boelens and Dan Minchin, authors of ‘The Living Lake’ will give those on board a fascinating scientific perspective on the waters and the wildlife of Lough Derg.
This is just a taste of whats on offer and really its the pace, friendliness and location of this festival that make it the special event it is. Get along if you can.
Visitor Information and Location Map
Dromineer and the surrounding area is always a pleasure to visit, there is plenty to do and see in between festival events and local pubs will have live music each night.