Saturday 4th July

11am - 1pm

Meet The Publisher

The people selected to meet Paula Campbell, publisher at Poolbeg Press, will be contacted by Carol Long. You will be given your code for your interview time, via Zoom.

11am - 1pm

What's In A Name?

Fintan Murphy will be exploring with Dr Conchubhar Ó Crualaoich , Michael Fortune and Nick Rossiter the origins of the names of our Wexford Townlands. Old Irish meanings, Norse foundations and more will be discussed … making history a live experience, through words.

Dr Conchubhar Ó Crualaoich is an author of numerous essays on Gaelic Wexford & Sligo, including women’s names among the Gaelic Irish of Wexford, men’s names among the Gaelic Irish of Wexford, Irish among those of Anglo-Norman descent in Wexford, Irish surnames among the Gaelic Irish in Wexford in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Irish proprietors of lands in northeast Wexford prior to their dispossession and incorporation of the town of Gorey, surnames in townland names in Sligo, and place-names in Sligo. Co-author  with Aindí Mac Giolla Chomhghaill of Logainmneacha na hÉireann IV: Townland Names in Co. Wexford

An indepth analysis of every townland name in County Wexford is included in his book: Place Names of Wexford along with a lengthy essay about the historical importance of the research.

The work reveals the wealth of historical information that can be gleaned from placenames when carefully and systematically researched.

The body of placenames provides insight into historical demographics. The extent of Norse and Anglo-Norman settlement in Wexford is well known but analysis of the completed research shows that the Irish language became the vernacular among those groups in most of the county and was even robust enough to coin new placenames in pockets among the Anglo-Normans in the very south of the county.

It has emerged that many apparently Yola placename elements are shown to to be unique to South Wexford as they crop up in other Anglo-Norman placenames elsewhere in The Pale counties of Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Louth.

Currently working on townland names in Wicklow & Meath. Current project concerning Wexford is the identification of the 149 Gaelic Irish gentlemen and officers name in a Grand Panel Return for Wexford dating from 1608 (most are named without a surname in the return).

Michael Fortune has been a pioneer in the area of socially engaged work within Ireland over the past twenty years and his practice has widened the conversations regarding the intersection of traditional and contemporary cultures. Fortune continues to produce project work throughout the country and works as a part-time Associate Lecturer at Limerick School of Art and Design (Master of Education and Digital Media). He also conducts work as a Visiting Lecturer in many colleges and universities Ireland and is currently an External Examiner on Limerick School of Art and Design’s MA programme. His life, interests and practice are an intertwined and inseparable mix of the ancient, the contemporary, the private, the public and the intangible.

Nicky Rossiter

Nicky has written 14 books on Wexford history and as founder of the original Wexford Youth Theatre he wrote dramas for stage and radio for the group. He has written and presented on radio, local and national as well as contributing to journals and newspapers. His latest book “A New History of Wexford” has suffered ‘lockdown’ due to Covid 19.

2pm - 3pm

Crime Writer's Panel

3.15pm - 4pm

Roísín Williams in Conversation with Clara Rose Thornton (USA)

4.30pm - 6.30pm

Cursed Murphy hosts Spoken Word

Cursed Murphy, a Wexfordian, hosts and performs with a range of guests who will also decide which of the five selected spoken word performers who entered our competition will win the 2020 Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Award. Guests are Clara Rose Thornton (USA); Elizabeth McGeown the inaugural 2019 Spoken Word Award winner (UK/EI); John Cummins; Cormac Lally; Stephen James Smith.

The selected Cursed Murphy Spoken Award competitors are , in alphabetical order, Demi Atar, David Braziel, Kate Feliz, Colin Hassard, Natalie Holborow.

Elizabeth McGeown is a poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the current All-Ulster slam champion, has been a finalist in the All-Ireland Poetry Slam four years in a row, and represented Northern Ireland at the 2019 Hammer & Tongue UK Slam Finals in the Royal Albert Hall. Performances include Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Sunflowerfest, Loud Poets and Sonnet Youth. She is the winner of the 2019 Cúirt International Festival of Literature: Spoken Word Platform and the 2019 Inaugural Cursed Murphy Spoken Word Prize. She has received funding from The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The National Lottery to work on her first full-length spoken word show.

John Cummins Poetician, one of Ireland’s most unique voices, has brought his spoken word poetry to every corner of our isle. From festival fields to our national concert hall, John shares poetry that aims to highlight, uplift, and inspire. His words break down the border between audience and performer. John’s story is the story of us. 

8.30pm +

Cáca Milis Cabaret hosted by Helena Mulkerns