Everything is in place tonight as the official launch of Allingham Festival 2022 takes place in Ballyshannon.
From humble beginnings, it has now grown into one of the Northwest’s leading arts festivals.
On site this year, retired journalist Gerry Moriarty, former Northern Editor of the Irish Times before his retirement, will perform the launch in the foyer of the Abbey Arts Center at 7pm.
Other eagle-eyed observers may recall a fully bearded Gerry from his time as a young reporter at the Donegal Democrat, where he was known for his enormous interest in all things arts and culture.
This was evident in his weekly column, Third Ear, which was a staple of the Democratic readers’ diet, before Gerry made a name for himself, nationally and internationally, for his insightful work with the Irish Times. .
Then there will be a screening of a short film called “Triang Times” followed by the Allingham lecture at 8 p.m.
Dr. Tony Bates, the highly respected mental health expert, will speak on “Are We All Crazy?” – The growing medicalization of our daily lives.
The weekend itself will be packed with entertainment for everyone over the weekend, with live events and venues at capacity in 2022, bringing an exceptional line-up of literary celebrities, musicians, speakers and of artists in Ballyshannon.
Highlights include Booker Prize shortlisted author Claire Keegan (Small Things Like These, Foster), in conversation with RTE’s Sinéad Crowley, popular actor Ian McElhinney (Derry Girls, Game of Thrones, Stones in His Pockets ), in an interview featuring highlights from his film, stage and television career.
Musician-artist David Rooney will be performing, along with singer Chanele McGuinness as well as the hugely popular Emerson Lecture hosted by local historian Anthony Begley on ‘The Kindly Spot, the Friendly Town’
The History Ireland Hedge School will focus on ‘Donegal in the Civil War’ and there will be myriad book launches by local authors at the Festival including; Ireland’s Secret War, by Mark McMenamin; Cold-Water Eden, by Richie Fitzgerald; Donegal – The Irish Revolution, 1912-23, by Pauric Travers; The Sound of Water Searching, by Michael O’Dea and Between the Jigs and the Reels (revisited), by Caoimhín MacAoidh.
Bird on the wire, an unforgettable concert of songs by Leonard Cohen, with Pauline Scanlon and The Whileaways, is already sold out.
Emer O’Shea, Director of Allingham Festival 2022, “We are delighted to bring live events to venues at full capacity in November. This year’s program promises an exciting week of in-person activities for all.
New events at Allingham Festival 2022 will include, Little Top Stars, a circus skills workshop for children including spinning plates, juggling, giant bubbles and Diabolo.
There’s a return of Ballytour street theater, with stories and performances by ‘Literary Ladies of the North West’ and much more, including school competitions, adult poetry and flash fiction competitions, a fair books and a concert on Sunday evening at Sainte-Anne church. Sunday evening. Times and venues for Allingham Festival 2022 program events, along with online booking links, are available at www.allinghamfestival.com.
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