Programme & Tickets

We're pleased to announce our programme. Buy tickets here online, from the booking office on 089 436 9868, or from the The Book MARKet Café in Kells (tel 085 889 6352) or Antonia's Bookstore in Trim (tel 046 943 7532). You can view a copy of the printed programme here.

Politics

Former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams will read from Never Give Up, a compilation of essays and articles written since 2009, it opens with a tribute to his close friend and political ally, the late Martin McGuinness.

Nick Davies is one of the Guardian’s premier investigative journalists and in 2010 it was his work that led to one of the most egregious scandals ever to visit the world of tabloid journalism, the ‘phone hacking’ controversy which led directly to the closure of the News of the World and the establishment of the Leveson Inquiry.

Ralph Riegel, one of Ireland’s best known journalists has teamed up with Tracy Corbett Lynch to highlight the sordid story of the murder of Tracy’s brother Jason Corbett—at the hands of his wife, Molly Martens, and father in law Thomas.

In 1984 Mary Manning was a Dunne’s Stores employee who obeyed the instructions of her union and refused to process the sale of South African oranges. After she was fired a number of her colleagues came out in support and thus began the longest ‘political’ strike in modern Irish history. Striking Back is Mary Manning’s memoir of that period and of much more.  She will be joined by co-author Sinead O’Brien.

David Murphy, RTE Business correspondent, will be looking at the implications of Brexit for Ireland as we inch ever closer to exit of the UK from the European Union in March 2019.

Former RTE Washington Correspondent, Caitriona Perry, author of In America: Tales from Trump Country, will be reflecting on the increasingly bizarre nature of American politics and discourse since the election of Donald Trump.

To mark the 20thanniversary of the Omagh bombing Hinterland will present our own production of Ross Dungan’s Minute After Midday, with the author in attendance to discuss the play.

As outlined above ‘Sean Hartnett’ will join us to discuss his involvement in British military surveillance activities in Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’.

Kingsley Donaldson, a former British Army officer, will probably have plenty to say about Brexit and ‘frictionless borders’ but his primary concern at the moment is what the future might look like from a security perspective, this is what he has explored in 2020:World of War.  

Former government Minister Mary O’Rourke returns to finish off what she started last year when she kept her audience enthralled reading from Letters of My Life. No one had had enough at the end, least of all Mary, so we invited her back straight away.

Kingsley Donaldson

2020: World of War

Event  18 
Venue: Sawmills Studio - Meath County Council Stage

Kingsley, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army, now works in the area of conflict resolution with the Causeway Institute for Peace-building and Conflict Resolution International. He has teamed up with Professor Paul Cornish to assess what the future might look like from a security perspective in 2020: World of War. He is not someone who shies away from controversy and spirited debate. He will be returning to Kells after a feisty contribution to our Brexit discussion in 2016, which emerged organically after the result of the referendum vote was announced on 24 June. Kingsley talks to Myles Dungan.

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Kingsley Donaldson

David Murphy

Getting ready for Brexit

Event  19 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage

David Murphy is RTÉ Business Correspondent and played a major role in the station’s coverage of the Irish economic disasters of the 2008–2012 period. Together with his wife, the journalist Martina Devlin, he wrote one of the best exposés of the Irish financial meltdown, Banksters. David was a participant in the first Hinterland Debate last year when our panel explored the implications of Brexit. Now that we are a year closer to the departure of the UK (including Northern Ireland) David looks at what Irish businesses and the Irish government need to be doing. In conversation with Myles Dungan.

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David Murphy

Gerry Adams

Event  24 
Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage

Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is known as a man of strong opinions and a quirky sense of humour. Never Give Up is a compilation of selected, reworked pieces that Gerry has written since 2009. They cover many issues. Some are fairly serious, others are very serious indeed. A few are whimsical. The book gives an insight into the manoeuvring behind the scenes of political events, and how he became wrapped up in moments of history, both in Ireland and abroad. It provides a glimpse into the private life of one of Ireland’s best-known politicians, including some very turbulent times in Gerry’s life, such as his move from West Belfast to Co. Louth, and his passions, like hiking and the Antrim GAA teams. Gerry will read selections from his books.

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Gerry Adams

Caitriona Perry

In America: Tales from Trump Country

Event  34 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
For four years Caitriona Perry explained the vagaries of American politics to an Irish audience, including one of the biggest political upsets in modern history – the election of one Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the USA. With her four-year term of office completed, she returned home to co-present the 6.01 News on RTÉ 1 TV. Her experience as RTÉ Washington Correspondent, especially the final eighteen months, informed her bestselling book In America: Tales From Trump Country. Caitriona is a must-see for anyone with even the vaguest interest in American politics, which, let’s face it, is a far more important factor in our lives than it probably should be.
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Caitriona Perry

‘Sean Hartnett’

Spying For a Living

Event  45 
Venue: Kells Theatre – Eirgrid Stage

‘Sean Hartnett’ is a pseudonym and its owner is a marked man. Born in Cork in the 1970s and despite being from a strong Republican background ‘Hartnett’ joined the British Army in 1998 and in 2001 was posted to Northern Ireland as a member of the elite Joint Communications Unit, Northern Ireland, known colloquially as ‘the FRU’. While there he was (covertly) involved in some of the most high profile events of the tail end of the ‘Troubles’. He told his story, to the consternation of the British establishment, in the best-selling memoir Charlie One in 2016. Since leaving the British Army he has been working in the world of commercial espionage and counter espionage, mostly in Ireland. In his follow-up, Corporate Confidential: Spooks, Secrets and Counter-Espionage in Celtic Tiger Ireland, due out in the autumn, he will lift the lid on surveillance and corruption in the years leading up to the ‘Great Bust’ of 2008, including an account of his undercover work for Anglo-Irish Bank. ‘Sean’ will be interviewed from a remote and secret location.  In conversation with Myles Dungan.

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‘Sean Hartnett’

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