Pictorial Review of Éigse Michael Hartnett

Paddy Guiney, Willie O’Regan, Eileen and Bernard O’Donoghue.
George Daly Éigse Michael Hartnett Literary and Arts Festival

From start to finish Éigse Michael Hartnett was a fitting tribute to the much lauded and loved poet in his home town. To quote Limerick City and County Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon from his opening speech: “He wrote about the everyday and this is why we can relate to Michael because, as often mentioned, we are his people.”
And Michael’s people – writers and readers who knew him personally or through his writing – gathered in large numbers to share their love of  the man and his poetry.
The return of Philomena Lee, a contemporary of Michael’s, to her home town attracted a massive audience to hear her moving and inspirational story as she was interviewed by Seamus Hennessy.
There was a great mix of the best of poetry and prose by prize winning writers from Ireland and abroad. Music, performance and visual art indoors and out enhanced the programme, offering visitors and locals many arts experiences. The Gaeilge Tamagotchi, Poetry Slam and Dance events brought together performers, visitors and local community.
Many thanks to our lead funders: the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Arts Office. We also express gratitude to An Post, Dooley’s SuperValu, venue owners, service providers and supporters from near and far.