Fáilte go dtí an cúigú feile Hinterland. Buíochas as teacht agus páirt a glacadh san ocáid agus comhluadar seo.
Welcome back to an unusual Hinterland Festival, but one not as out of the ordinary as the 2020 version. We have moved back from the pandemic-stricken online festival of 2020 to an ‘in person’ event this year. Not a total return to normality but a step in the right direction. This year we have our usual mix of literature, history, music, drama, magic and craic. We’ll be highlighting the music of David Bowie, staging a couple of ambitious theatre projects, meeting some of the hottest new Irish authors as well as some old friends and reflecting on the surreality of the last eighteen months.
Bí pairteach linn, le do thoil.
Hinterland Festival TeamPut next year’s dates in your diary: 23-26 June 2022.
All events are fifty-five minutes in duration and all venues are within a few minute’s walk of each other.
The Eirgrid Stage is located in the Kells Theatre on Kenlis Place (St Vincent de Paul Hall). The Merriebelle Irish Farm, O'Brien's Supervalu, Meath County Council Stages and Eureka House are all located in the grounds of the old Eureka Convent secondary school on the Navan Road, opposite the Heritage Centre.
You can also find a host of other things to do during the Festival here.
One out of every 150 Irish people is a Traveller. The history of this ethnic minority is very different to that of the ‘Country’ (settled) community. Meath-based historian Liam McNiffe attempts to dispel some of the myths, while elaborating on the changing relationship between Travellers and the ‘Country’ people since the Famine.
As our current ‘plague year’ continues with exciting new variants, Angela Keogh, author of ‘plague novel’ The Winter Dress - which was short listed for last year’s Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair (2020) - offers a detailed account of the history of the Black Death in Ireland. The bubonic plague arrived in the country in 1348 while in the process of killing half the population of Europe. It had a similarly devastating effect on Ireland.
Between 1915 and 1921 members of Myles Dungan’s extended family were involved in four murders. One took place in the American ‘Wild West’, the other three happened in County Meath during the Irish War of Independence. The latter deaths were symptomatic of the land hunger, paranoia and vindictiveness of the revolutionary era. The story of these deaths is narrated in the bestselling book, Four Killings: Land Hunger, Murder and Family in the Irish Revolution.