This year’s Cúírt programme features a strong commitment to Irish-language writing.

Irish-language events include ‘Cúirt Cois Fharraige’ – a number of special events that support contemporary writing by local Gaeltacht writers and foster writing skills in young Irish-language authors of the future. Presented by Cúirt in association with Ealaín na Gaeltachta and Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools.

During Cúirt Festival week 23 – 29 April, distinguished Irish-language authors Darach Mac Con Iomaire, Réaltán Ní Leannáin and Jackie Mac Donncha will conduct sessions on the craft of writing during visits to secondary schools on Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr respectively.

Commenting on the Irish-language strand, Cúirt Programme Director, Emily Cullen said:

“I have a huge grá for Gaeilge and this year we’ve made a strong commitment to Irish-language literature. Given that Galway has a unique bilingual status we wanted to highlight that at Cúirt. We’re also delighted to collaborate with Ealaín na Gaeltachta, An tOireachtas and Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools on these Irish-language initiatives.“


Cúirt Cois Fharraige: Jackie MacDonncha agus Dara
Ó Conaola

2pm, Monday 23 April
Áras Éanna, Inis Óirr

Léamh Am Lóin leis na húdair, Jackie Mac Donncha agus Dara Ó Conaola.

Lunchtime reading with authors, Jackie Mac Donncha agus Dara Ó Conaola.

More information here.


Cúirt Cois Fharraige: Áine Durkin & Paddy Mhéime Ó Súilleabháin (Filíocht)

8.30 pm, Friday 27 April
Tigh Pheadair Mhóir,Ros a Mhíl  | FREE

A poetry reading by Áine Durkin and Paddy Mhéme Ó Súilleabháin in Ros a Mhíl.

More information here.

An Focal: Cuisle

2pm, Saturday 28 April
Nun’s Island Theatre
Tickets: €10/€8

An Focal: Cuisle celebrates the written and spoken word in poetry, music, song and craic with three of the finest contemporary Irish-language artists; Marcus MacConghail, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh and Simon Ó Faoláin.

More information here.


Motherfoclóir with Darach Ó Séaghdha and special guest Siún Ní Dhuinn

4pm,Thusday 26 April
Nun’s Island Theatre | Tickets: €6

Author of Motherfoclóir: Dispatches From A Not-So Dead Language, Darach Ó Séaghdha, will discuss the work of Flann O’Brien with special guest, Siún Ní Dhuinn, in a live recording for his Motherfoclóir podcast.

Siún Ní Dhuinn is the Digital Coordinator for Gaeilge with RTÉ. She is an avid fan of Flann O’ Brien, especially his work as Gaeilge.

More information here.


Theatre: Aislingí Grádha Oídhche Lughnasa

1pm, Thursday 26 April
Nun’s Island Theatre | FREE, booking required

Reading and dramatic enactments from the newly published play by Mick Óg McGee, (written in conjunction with Beartla M. Ó Flatharta and Tom Sailí ó Flaithearta).

Léiriú ar mhíreanna ón ndráma nua-scríofa le Micheál Óg Mac Aoidh, (scríofa i gcomhar le Beartla M. Ó Flatharta agus Tom Sailí ó Flaithearta). Leis na haisteoirí Fionnuala Ní Fhlatharta, Seán Mistéal agus Eoin Mac Diarmada.

More information here.