Clifden buzzing as 41st Arts Festival kicks off

Academic and Programme Co-ordinator of Clifden Arts Festival, Des Lally, the co-editor of The Gate Theatre, Dublin – Inspiration and Craft, which will be launched at this year's Festival.
Academic and Programme Co-ordinator of Clifden Arts Festival, Des Lally, the co-editor of The Gate Theatre, Dublin – Inspiration and Craft, which will be launched at this year's Festival.

More than 30,000 visitors of all ages are expected to descend on Clifden for the town’s 41st annual Arts Festival, according to its Creative Director, Brendan Flynn. The event opened this Wednesday and runs until Sunday, September 23, .

Musical events include concerts from Aslan, Charlie McGettigan and Lisa Hannigan while Wallis Bird will bring her unique style and infectious energy to the North Connemara stage this Friday night, September 14. There will be a special performance from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra this Sunday night, September 16, with a traditional show from Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill on Tuesday next, September 18, and a special dramatic presentation of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. In Clifden Mart on Sunday September 23, with performances at 6pm and 8pm, this special event will mark the centenary of the end of World War One and remember Clifden’s war dead.

Literary events will see journalist and author Fergal Keane offering an insight into his work as a foreign correspondent for the BBC. Keane has reported on issues including the conflict in Northern Ireland, the end of apartheid in South Africa, and the Rwandan genocide. His talk is titled Wounds: A Memoir of War and Love and is based on the story of his grandmother, Hannah Purtill during Ireland’s War of Independence.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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