Listowel Writers' Week Fringe

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On being locked out of Arms Hotel last night…

June 05, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: 2010, Accommodation

It wouldn’t have happened in 2009. A group of people who were looking for music, storytelling & song were turned away from the inn at 1.15am. The Listowel Arms Hotel was having none of us.

There was no room for non-residents to sit in the front room of the hotel. They were not entitled to entry. Maybe non-residents should have known they had no business looking to extent their evening.

I was one of them.
I thought of climbing up the ivy and tapping on an upstairs bedroom window. I resisted the battering-ram temptation. And it would have been irresponsible to have started a fire evacuation. We could hardly believe our misfortune.

In 2009…
there was one session in the hotel that went on until well after 4am. John Sheehan played, and there were superb singers.

Audrey Dunphy

Audrey Dunphy was there too in 2009.

In 2010…
When we were turned away, I thought first the management style and priorities had changed.

This morning, I think the hotel might have been full to overflow. There may have been a session in full flight, simply no room to fit in late-comers. I may have missed the session of the Festival.

Can anyone enlighten us?

Video footage from Listowel Writers’ Week 2009

March 06, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: participants, poem, poems, poet, poetry, Song

Gabriel Byrne & taxi driver

George Rowley sings

Pauline Fayne reads “Carol

John McCarthy reads

Two doves mating

John Sheehan & Mickey MacConnell on You Tube 2009

January 24, 2010 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: video

John Sheehan accompanies Mickey MacConnell as he sings “Only our rivers run free ” …

“The Black Hills of Dakota” in J B Keane’s pub in Listowel

Google Alert brought this to my attention. Great footage of sessions form the 2009 Festival.

Congratulations and gratitude to MisApprehension to putting this up on YouTube.

Colm Toibin @ Listowel Writers’ Week 2009

August 01, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: connections, organisers, participants, photographs

I took this photograph in Listowel Arms Hotel on the first day of Writers’ Week 2009.

Shortly after I introduced myself to Colm and told him about the blog. He said he’d be happy to be interviewed later.

However, in the fire of the festival, I never got back to him – so I’m left with “the one that got away”.

Kerry County Library on line…

June 08, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: connections

It was about 0035, in J B Keane’s pub on the Thursday morning, when I met Patti Ann O’Leary.

She told me about www.kerrycolib.ie, said it was full of local history. So I looked…

It’s a treasure trove, and who works there?

None other than Michael Lynch, chairman of Writers’ Week.

Wheels within wheels…


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