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The John Healy Weekend Charlestown Enterprise Centre,Airport Rd.,Charlestown,Co. Mayo. Tel: (094) 9255820Email:

WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 7.30pm Cheese and Wine Reception8.00pm "Tom Loves A Lord" by Martin Dyar (booked out)Traditional Irish Music in Healy's Café Bar, Main Street, Charlestown.

THURSDAY 4TH NOVEMBER7.30pm Cheese and Wine Reception7.45pm Official opening of the weekend8.00pm Miriam Moffitt 'Protestant missions to the Roman Catholics of Connaught during the famine'8.45pm "The Green Square Mile" (The story of the Charlestown Irish in Boston).Traditional Irish Music in Finans Bar, The Square, Charlestown.

FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 7.30pm Recital of Carracastle Fife and Drum BandCheese and Wine Reception8.00pm Tommie Gorman RTÉ "The John Healy Memorial Lecture"8.45pm Western People Awards Presentations9.00pm Professor Seán Freyne 'Re-visiting John Healy's Legacy: Land and People, then and now'Traditional Irish Music in Murrays Bar, The Square, Charlestown

SATURDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2.00pm Talk and Tour of the Hennigan Heritage Farm, Killaser. (Booking Essential)7.30pm Cheese and Wine Reception8.00pm Lorna Siggins 'Once Upon A Time in The West' (The Corrib Gas Saga)8.45pm Foras Na Gaeilge Awards Presentation to primary schools9.00pm Michael D. Higgins TD 'Citizenship and Community' Followed by Q & ATraditional Irish Music in McLoughlins Bar, Barrack St., Charlestown.

In Sight of Raftery 2010

Daytime Schedule

Monday 8th – Friday 12th November

School Workshops with Terry McDonagh.  Information will be available on participating schools at a later date.

Saturday, November 13th

Terry McDonagh Workshop in the Town Hall Theatre from 11.00 – 12.30pm

Louise Lawrence Workshop in the Town Hall Theatre from 11.00 – 12.30pm

School Poetry Competition Final.  This will take place in the Town Hall Theatre at 2pm.  Judges for the competition are Colette Nic Aodha, Terry McDonagh and Louise Lawrence

Evening Schedule

Wednesday, November 10th 2010

Premier Screening:  Mise Raiftearaí an Fíodóir Focal

This screening comes before the TG4 airing on Christmas Day of the drama/documentary on the life and times of legendary Mayo poet, Anthony Raftery, to mark the 175th anniversary of his death.  Shot on location in Brooklyn, upstate New York, Mayo and Galway, the film was written and presented by Tadhg Mac Dhonnegáin, and directed by Seán O’Cualáin.  Sónta Production Company, Connemara is supported also by the B.C.I. for this TG4 commission.

The screening will take place at 8pm in the Town Hall Theatre and will be followed by the official launch in the Cill Aodain hotel, hosted by Colette Nic Aodha. Music on the night will be provided by Ollie Burke, and the Claire Sanders duet.Thursday, November 11th 2010    

The two readings this night will be from Noel King and Terry McDonagh with music provided by Graham Mace. Venue to be confirmed.  Noel will be launching his new book, ‘Prophesying the Past’ on the night.

Friday, November 12th   

Book launch with Basil Burke in the Park Hotel from 7pm – 9.30pm.  This is the third volume in Basil’s collection and is appropriately titled ‘Kiltimagh Remembered, volume 3.

Poems and Pints Night,with readings from various writer's groups and also with time allowed for writers not attached to any particular group. Complementary Music provided, venue to be confirmedSaturday, November 13th    

There will be three readings on the final night, one each from Colette Nic Aodha, Ger Reidy and Louise Lawrence.  Music this night will be performed by Tony Reidy. Venue to be confirmed.


12 – 14 Nov 2010. For more info: 098 28088/Facebook

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