Hinterland Festival 2019 Programme & Tickets

Tickets for events can be purchased in advance online below or by phone via the Box Office on 089 436 9868.

Tickets will also be available in advance in Kells from the BOOK MARKet Café (11am-3pm Tuesday to Saturday) and in Trim from Antonia’s Bookstore (tel – 046 943 7532).

During the festival, ticket collection and sales are available at the ticket office in Kells Theatre on Kenlis Place. For further information on visiting Kells and the Festival, please call 089 436 9868.

Liam McNiffe

The 1922 Garda Mutiny

Event  1 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
Contrary to popular perception, the new police force set up by the Irish Free State was fully armed. For six weeks in 1922 the recently recruited guards mutinied. Kells-based historian and author of A History of the Garda Síochána Dr Liam McNiffe will explore the origin, course and very important results of that mutiny.
Price €6.00
 
 
Liam McNiffe

Patricia Byrne

A Battle for Souls in Famine Achill

Event  2 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
Clergyman Edward Nangle’s nineteenth-century mission to Achill Island aimed to lift a destitute people out of ignorance, poverty and idolatry. The fury of the island elements, the devastation of the Great Famine, Edward Nangle’s own volatile temperament, and the unbearable suffering of his wife Eliza and their children all threatened the project’s survival. The ugly charge of ‘souperism’, offering food and benefits in return for religious conversion, tainted the Mission’s work. Then a spectacular conflict erupted between Nangle and Archbishop John MacHale. In The Preacher and the Prelate writer Patricia Byrne tells this incredible Achill story which continues to excite controversy and division to the present day. “Told with pace and panache…an extraordinary and important read” (Irish Independent).
Price €6.00
 
 
Patricia Byrne

Cecelia Hartsell

Frederick Douglass and Ireland

Event  3 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
Sometimes it took an outsider to capture the misery and the impoverishment of Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century. Frederick Douglass was that man. By rights we should never have heard of Douglass. He could have lived and died as a slave on a southern plantation. Instead he became the most famous abolitionist and spokesman for African American rights of the nineteenth century. But he also visited and wrote about Ireland. That he compared the plight of Irish peasants to that of African American slaves is telling. Historian Cecelia Hartsell will share her expertise on Douglass’s life and philosophy, and the reasons for his empathy with the doomed Irish peasantry of the 1840s.
Price €6.00
 
 
Cecelia Hartsell

David McCullagh

De Valera: Rule 1932–1975

Event  4 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
Broadcaster and historian Dr David McCullagh is probably best known as a presenter of Prime Time on RTÉ 1 TV, and as former RTÉ Political Correspondent. David is also an accomplished historian and is biographer of former Taoiseach John A. Costello (The Reluctant Taoiseach, 2010). In 2017 he produced the first of a two-part biography of Eamon de Valera covering the years 1882–1932 (De Valera: Rise) and followed that up last year with De Valera: Rule 1932–1975. He returns to Hinterland to examine the controversial career in power of our most enigmatic of leaders.
Price €8.00
 
 
David McCullagh

Margaret Kelleher

The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and

Event  5 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
1882 was a year for vicious murders in Ireland. Aristocrats and peasants alike fell victim to the ongoing Land War. But nothing that year compared to the callous murders of five members of the Joyce family of Maamtrasna on the Mayo-Galway border. Nothing, perhaps, except the famously unjust treatment meted out to four of their cousins accused of involvement in the murders. In The Maamtrasna Murders Professor Margaret Kelleher offers a “powerful and meticulous new history of the murders and their aftermaths” (Irish Times) and exorcises the ghost of the tragic Maolra Seoighe (Myles Joyce).
Price €6.00
 
 
Margaret Kelleher

Diarmaid Ferriter

500 Kilometres, 200 Crossings - A History of ‘The Border’

Event  6 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
Occupant of the prestigious post of Professor of Modern Irish History at University College, Dublin, Diarmaid Ferriter is also a prolific author and ‘go-to’ historian for many radio and TV programmes. His first significant success was The Transformation of Ireland 1900–2000, and his biographical study of Eamon de Valera, Judging Dev, quickly followed. A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913–1923 dealt with the revolutionary generation which delivered Irish independence in 1922. Now Diarmaid has turned his attention to the recent history of a frontier that has come back into sharp focus in recent months. In The Border: The Legacy of a Century of Anglo-Irish Politics he examines the history of partition and of a frontier that Margaret Thatcher once complained was “full of kinks and wiggles”.
Price €8.00
 
 
Diarmaid Ferriter

Launch of Kells TypeTrail

Event  7 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
Kells TypeTrail, now in its tenth year, is an annual festival celebrating typography and lettering as a modern art form. Each year one word is translated into a variety of languages reflecting the diversity of the community in Kells. This year’s theme is the word ‘type’. Through a series of collaborations and workshops with Kells primary schools, students from Athlone Institute of Technology, Dundalk DKIT, local artists, poets and Meath Arts Office, artist Mark Smith and his creative team use the streets of Kells as their canvas. This takes the form of up to 30 indoor and outdoor art installations, which form a walking trail around the town. Mostly temporary in nature, each year one piece is chosen as a TypeTrail legacy piece with the long-term objective of a permanent TypeTrail presence in the town. Kells TypeTrail will be launched by Eamon Carr (Horslips) and will run till mid-August 2019.
Free - All Welcome
Launch of Kells TypeTrail

Tom French and Danny Diamond

‘What To Bring When We Leave’

Event  8 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
This is a collaborative commission culminating in a unique continuous live performance by Tom French (word) and Danny Diamond (fiddle). Each artist stretches the other’s narratives in spoken and unspoken airs, finding solace in the unexpected places between. Tom French’s poetry draws on the traditional arts, folklore and rural Irish life; he writes vividly about traditional music, the people who play(ed) it, and the context in which it lives. As a traditional fiddle player, music archivist and researcher, Danny Diamond’s compositions bring a corresponding unconventional sensitivity to a similar sphere that informs French’s work.
Price €10.00
 
 

Tony Bucher

Clothing the Vinyl: West Coast US Album Cover Art of 1969

Event  9 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
Our distinguished and regular visitor from California aims to spread the word of Hinterland to the American West Coast in November (more of that anon) but as far as this year’s Hinterland in Kells is concerned he will, as an homage to the visit of Jim Fitzpatrick, take his audience through some of the more artistic and outrageous American album covers of the 1960s, when vinyl ruled the airwaves and a download was something heavy you lifted off the top shelf. Be prepared for Creedence, the Dead, Janis and Jimi and a lot more besides.
Price €6.00
 
 
Tony Bucher

Gareth Russell

The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era

Event  10 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
It was one of the biggest news stories of the infant twentieth century. It was a narrative of heroism, selfsacrifice, cowardice and abject failure. In this original and meticulously-researched narrative history, Gareth Russell uses the sinking of the Titanic, the ship of dreams, as a prism through which to look at the end of the Edwardian era and the seismic shift to modernity the 1910s have come to mark in the West. In his study Russell, an historian and novelist from Belfast – the birthplace of the ill-fated RMS Titanic – examines social class, the movie industry, the American Gilded Age and the Irish Home Rule crisis through that Titanic window.
Price €6.00
 
 
Gareth Russell

Jane Casey and Liz Nugent

Crimewriting

Event  11 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
Jane Casey’s first book, The Missing, was published in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award. Since then Jane has introduced the character of Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan in a highly successful series of crime novels, including The Burning, The Reckoning, The Stranger You Know and The Kill. The latest outing for DC Maeve Kerrigan is the recently published Cruel Acts. Jane will be joined on stage by fellow crime writer Liz Nugent. With her debut novel Unravelling Oliver Liz made a spectacular entrance onto the Irish and international literary stage. She followed it up with Lying In Wait and Skin Deep, and her books have all been number 1 bestsellers. She has been long-listed for the Dublin International Literary Award (formerly the IMPAC) and won multiple awards at the Irish Book Awards. Liz was named Irish Woman of the Year in Literature in 2017.
Price €8.00
 
 

Lindie Naughton

Countess Markievicz: The Life and the Letters

Event  12 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
She was the first woman elected to the House of Commons as an MP (though she never took her seat) and the first female member of an Irish cabinet (and if you don’t think that was significant, the second one was appointed in…1979!) She was a leading member of the Irish Citizen’s Army, spent more time in jail than Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins put together, and has been dividing historians ever since. In two volumes of history, Markievicz: A Most Outrageous Rebel and Markievicz: Prison Letters and Rebel Writings, journalist Lindie Naughton recovers the Countess from the realms of polemic, and offers a rounded portrait of one of the most celebrated women in modern Irish history.
Price €6.00
 
 
Lindie Naughton

Irish Architecture Foundation

Reimagine...

Event  13 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
The Irish Architecture Foundation’s ‘Reimagine…’ initiative acknowledges that no one has more expertise of a place than the people who live there. ‘Reimagine...’ enables local citizens to engage with and effect change within their local neighbourhoods. After a nationwide open call, a project in Kells has been selected – you are invited to meet members of the team, learn about the chosen project, and have your say.
Free - All Welcome

Olivia Kiernan

Event  14 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage
The appearance of Olivia Kiernan at Hinterland marks ‘the return of the native’. Olivia, who is based in the UK, is originally from Kells. Her first novel Too Close To Breathe caused a stir in crime writing circles when it appeared last year and introduced the profiler DCS Frankie Sheehan as she investigated a suicide that warranted a closer look. Olivia’s heroine returns in the recently published and eagerly anticipated follow-up The Killer In Me. Olivia also maintains an excellent website www.oliviakiernan.com. Welcome home!
Price €8.00
 
 
Olivia Kiernan

Nick Hewer

My Alphabet: A Life From A To Z

Event  15 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
There is so much more to Nick Hewer than sitting at the right (or left) hand of Lord Sugar on the long-running TV series The Apprentice. For a start there is his association with Ireland. He went to school at Clongowes Wood College and would have gone on to Trinity College had his parents been able to afford the fees. His relationship with Sugar began in 1983 when he was taken on as the Amstrad boss’s PR consultant. When The Apprentice began he thought it might be a good idea to accept Sugar’s offer to take part in the show as an adviser. He did the job for ten years and then it was time to move on. Since 2012 he has been the presenter of the long-running Channel Four quiz show Countdown. Lord Sugar’s response to Nick’s autobiography My Alphabet: A Life From A To Z was: “I always knew he was quite creative, but I had no idea he was so reckless”. Nick will be in conversation with broadcaster Gerry Foley.
Price €12.00
 
 
Nick Hewer

Martina Fitzgerald

Women in Irish Politics

Event  17 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
In her book Madam Politician, Martina Fitzgerald, former RTÉ Political Correspondent – and native of Kilskyre, Co. Meath – writes about the progress (or lack thereof) that female politicians have made since the foundation of the state in 1922. Martina interviewed two former Presidents, Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, as well as the 17 surviving women who served as Ministers, including Máire Geoghegan Quinn, Nora Owen, Gemma Hussey, Mary O’Rourke, Niamh Breathnach, Mary Harney, Regina Doherty, Heather Humphreys and Josepha Madigan. They reveal the challenges they faced to ensure their voices were heard at party meetings, across the floor of Leinster House, or, even more crucially, at cabinet meetings.
Price €10.00
 
 
Martina Fitzgerald

Peter Fallon, Oisín Leech & Saramai Leech

An Evening of Song and Poetry

Event  18 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage

After their success at the last two Hinterland festivals, it’s time for another intimate interlude of songs, readings and talk with three acclaimed artists from County Meath.

As one of The Lost Brothers, Oisín Leech, from Navan, has played Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and SXSW. Last year The Lost Brothers also played their first (sold out) concert at Hinterland. This year he’ll sing solo and with his sister, Saramai, another exceptional singer/songwriter who, thanks to a recent EP and appearances at Other Voices and other venues, is a growing force.

Joining Oisín and Saramai to read his poetry and keep the meaningful chat going is award-winning poet and publisher Peter Fallon, the success of whose work has taken him around the world and who, in the words of the Sunday Times, is “one of Ireland’s greatest literary talents”.

Price €10.00
 
 
Peter Fallon, Oisín Leech & Saramai Leech

An Bealach go Baile Ghib

Irish (English subtitles) 122 mins

Event  19 
Venue: The Courthouse - Meath County Council Stage

Sa bhliain 1937 chuir an Rialtas, faoi stiúir an Choimisiún Talmhaíochta, scéim athlonaithe i bhfeidhm chun daoine a thabhairt ó cheantair Ghaeltachta in iarthar na hEireann go Baile Ghib i gContae na Mí. Féachann an clár faisnéise seo ar na fathanna gur bhog na clanna úd, fiúntas na scéime agus, chomh maith le sin, déanann agallamh le cuid den dream a d’aistrigh.

In 1937 a number of families from Gaeltachts on the west coast of Ireland moved to Gibbstown in Co. Meath to live on holdings acquired by the Land Commission as part of a government resettlement scheme. This documentary film looks at the reasons why families chose to move, investigates the merits of the scheme, and catches up with some of the remaining migrants. Director Ronan Carley will be present for a Q&A after the film.

Price €5.00
 
 

Fred Cooke: Fred Space

Event  20 
Venue: Garden Stage, Headfort Arms Hotel

Fred Cooke is leaving his twinkle toes behind him from Dancing With The Stars and returning to his home town of Kells during the 2019 Hinterland Festival as part of his new comical tour of musical madness. Since becoming ‘Irish Comedian of the Year 2018’ (Tatler Magazine), he has supported Irish comedy legend Tommy Tiernan on his nationwide tour. Cooke’s guitar-plucking panache enables him to paint comical situations before delivering unexpected killer-punch lines that leave his audience “elevated to hilarity” (The Scotsman).

His new nationwide tour ‘Fred Space’ has brought Cooke to a whole new level of comical mayhem, placing him in the “Premier league of Irish funnymen” (Hot Press). Sit back and enjoy a performer with enough “energy to power a small village in the west of Kerry” (Laughter Lounge).

“Priceless” (Chortle).

“I love Fred. He has the spirit of the clown in him” (Tommy Tiernan).

Price €15.00
 
 
Fred Cooke: Fred Space

Anne Griffin

Event  16 
Venue: Church of Ireland – Merriebelle Farm Stage
Anne Griffin is the winner of the John McGahern Award for Literature. Shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing Award and The Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition, Anne’s work has been featured in, among others, The Irish Times and The Stinging Fly. She’s worked in Waterstones branches in both Dublin and London, and for various charities. Born in Dublin, Anne now lives in Mullingar, Ireland, with her husband and son. Her first novel When All Is Said was published in January 2019 and debuted at number 1 on the Irish fiction bestseller list.
Price €8.00
 
 
Anne Griffin