What We Do

Rooted in Galway on the west coast of Ireland, we are committed to creating a space where the broadest audience is empowered to engage with books and reading, and a commitment to equality and inclusion underpins our core values.

We are proud to create a festival that showcases brilliant and diverse writing, championing new voices and celebrating Irish and international writing talent. At the core of Cúirt’s programme lives an enduring curiosity, a desire to ask questions and to understand how we make meaning in a changing world. Cúirt contributes in essential ways to Ireland’s literature ecology, providing an international platform for new writing, developmental opportunities for writers and the wider sector, and fostering and nurturing Ireland’s nation of readers.

Frequently Asked Questions

This years Festival is taking place from the 18 – 23 April 2023.

This year our box office is managed by the Town Hall Theatre. You can contact them by phone, email or drop in.

Town Hall Theatre
Courthouse Square,
H91 H3C2

Telephone / Box Office: 091-569777

Email: thtsales@galwaycity.ie

The term ‘Cúirt’ is inspired by the Gaelic court of poets and so the festival arises from the idea of a gathering of like-minded people who share a love of literature, ideas and debate. This tradition has been the festival’s inspiration ever since it was founded in 1985.

Our festival bookseller, Charlie Byrnes Bookshop, has an online shop with a dedicated page stocking all your favourite writers appearing at Cúirt this year.

There will be a pop up bookshop at the Town Hall Theatre. We will also have the relevant books on sale at all venues before and after each event.

Cúirt does not have an open submissions process. Our planning for the following year normally takes place between August and December of each year.

If you are a writer or publicist interested in appearing at the festival, or an organisation who would like to partner with Cúirt, please get in touch via info@cuirt.ie.

Given that we are a small team, we may not be able to respond to every unsolicited query, though we will try our best.

Each year we recruit a large number of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers for our annual festival. Volunteers are an important part of the Cúirt team and help to deliver an unforgettable experience for audiences and festival participants alike.

The festival will take place across three core venues; the Town Hall Theatre, Nuns Island and An Taibhdhearc (pronounced un tie-vyark). 

The online box office at tht.ie will close one hour before each event. Tickets will be available on the door at each event’s specific venue up to one hour before the event. Cash and card will be accepted. We advise booking all tickets in advance.

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop

Cúirt is proudly supported by our festival bookseller, Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop. Nestled in the heart of Galway, its seven rooms and over a hundred thousand new and second-hand titles are a magical space for any wandering reader to explore.

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Cúirt Festival Team Members

Manuela Moser


Aisling O’ Riordan

Festival Manager

Rita McMahon

Author Logistics Coordinator

Aisling Dolan

Marketing Officer

Mags Mullen Hughes

Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator

Fernanda Ortega


Board of Directors

John Caulfield

Chair of the Board

Vinny Browne

Board Member

Mike O'Halloran

Board Member

Alannah Robins

Board Member

Celine Curtin

Board Member

Mark Elliot

Board Member

Sarah Lynch

Board Member

Sarah Searson

Board Member

Eithne Verling

Board Member