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The Clifden Writer’s Group

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The writers' group is a dynamic force of creativity, boasting members who have accomplished remarkable cultural and artistic feats.


One For the Road

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Martin Donohoe with Paddy Buckley and Friends

Cavan Fever spills over into Clifden when accordionist Martin Donohoe, ‘The Cavanman’ joins forces Paddy Buckley and friends. Their individual instrumental excellence combine to create a powerful force.

A native of Cavan Town, Martin Donohoe is an accordion player and Shannon Side Northern Sound Radio Presenter. He is
a gifted traditional musician and highly regarded in traditional circles for his dynamic personal style on the accordion and unique, individual interpretation of the music, Martin’s music has been recorded and released in a number of albums on the Clo Iar Chonnachta Label and NYAH label.


Clifden Writers Group

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This vibrant group had a busy year including the launch of a wonderful memoir, a poetry prize and 2 members selected for Poetry Ireland's 'Introductions'. Their 3 most recent broadcasts on Connemara Community Radio range from heart-moving memoir and short stories to Poetry with music.

Everyone is welcome to share in this wonderful hour of story and verse with musical accompaniment.


Book Launch: SCRIBBLES 2 – Mary Foyle

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It has been a few years in the making, but today marks the launch of Mary Foyle's compendium volume to her well-received initial outing, SCRIBBLES, published by Trident Press (2005).

Like its predecessor, SCRIBBLES 2 is a delightful collection of original poems, stories, anecdotes and reminiscences about the author's life in general and Clifden in particular, featuring Mary's family, friends and a plethora of memories. Also included in this volume are several of Mary's father Richard's previously unpublished stories.

Originally from Bray in County Wicklow, Mary moved to Connemara, having spent several years living in London and Spain. She is married to Edmond Foyle of Foyle's family hotel in Clifden and the mother of three children.

As a mature student, Mary returned to study in college and obtained a degree in Spanish and Classical Studies from NUI Galway in 1994.

SCRIBBLES 2 is designed, illustrated and published by Joe Boske of Little Gull Publishing and will be launched by Brendan Flynn. All proceeds of this publication will be donated to the RNLI Clifden to help them continue their work.

All are welcome.

2023 Festival Programme