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Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo, T: 094 9023733, E:, W:

READING/BOOKLAUNCH, Wednesday 24th November @ 8.00pm. Mary Madec

 Poet Mary Madec was born and raised in Kilmeena, Westport. In recent years her work has appeared in many poetry and literary publications including Crannóg, West 47, The Cúirt Annual, Poetry Ireland Review, the SHOp, The Sunday Tribune, Iota, Nth Position, Natural Bridge and The Stand. In Spring 2007 she was chosen for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and for the WINDOWS Showcase Readings and Anthology, and has read at Over the Edge and was selected for the Over the Edge Showcase in 2008. In 2008 she won the Hennessy XO Award for Emerging Poetry. Her first collection, In Other Words was published by Salmon in May 2010. Tonight Mary will read from her collection, which will be launched by professional singer Anne-Marie Gibbons from the Mayo Vocal Academy. 

"I have long believed that Mary Madec is one of the best new poets we have." - Kevin Higgins, The Galway Advertiser

“Mary’s poem dazzled me immediately with its chutzpah and its linguistic fireworks, its intellectual brio. It’s a poem about identity that is densely argued and unrepentantly smart.” - Douglas Kennedy, Hennessy Award Judge 2008

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The Quay, Westport, Mayo, T: 098-28735, E:, W:

Peregrine Readings, Sponsored by the Arts Council under the Touring and Dissemination Scheme.

John F Deane and Paddy Bushe

Chair: James Harpur, Thurs 25 Nov, The Creel Cafe, Westport Quay, Presented by Custom House Studios.

The Irish Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce a series of prose readings that will commence in the Centre and be taken afterwards to the four corners of Ireland. The purpose of the series is to develop an audience for prose readings and to cultivate and encourage reading among the public. Often prose writers fade from public attention in the span between books, and it is the hope of the Irish Writers’ Centre that, by providing a regular platform for these writers, they can maintain a continuous rapport with their readers and increase their readership from book to book. The Irish Writers’ Centre also holds that it is essential to do everything possible within our society to nurture reading, and promoting an interest in individual writers and individual books contributes to this broader aim.

Mayo County Library, Castlebar.

094 90 47925

Unravelling the Spiral, a book on the life and work of the sculptor, Fred Conlon, will be of special interest in Mayo. Conlon has three major public sculptures in the county - in Castlebar, Westport, and Kiltimagh. The book will receive a special Mayo launch on Tues 23 Nov at 8.00 in the Library in Castlebar. All are welcome.

The author, Jack Harte, has written this book as a memoir/biography of Conlon. Harte and Conlon were born in adjoining cottages in the townland of Killeenduff in Co Sligo – Ballina was their local town. Separated by a garden wall and ten months of an age gap, they grew up together, neighbours, cousins, close friends. And they remained close friends until Conlon's death in 2005. Just as Harte was inexplicably drawn towards writing at a young age, Conlon discovered equally inexplicably his talent and passion for the visual arts and eventually became a sculptor.  His public sculptures are located all over Ireland and abroad as far as India and Japan. Harte is in a unique position to tell the story of Conlon's life and to give an insight into his mind and inspiration. The book is illustrated with photographs of Conlon’s work.

Selected Programmes:

excel 2016

Mayo County Council's Youth Arts Programme  2016


Bealtaine 2016

Celebrating Creatibity as we Age – May 2016

Bealtaine 2016 cover 


John F. Deane

Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015

John F. Deane Mayo County Council Writer in Residence 2015


Culture Night 2016

Countywide programme of cultural events – 16th September

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Culture Night 2016

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