The 15th Dromineer Literary Festival has just ended for 2018 and already the Committee is planning for next year.
In a letter to the Tipperary Star, festival secretary Margaret Kennedy described the festival as been a most successful Festival with record numbers in attendance at the various events, thanks in no small part to the excellent coverage we received from the Tipperary Star.
Ms Kennedy wrote:
"Without funding, there would be no Festival. On behalf of the Festival Committee, I would like to express our thanks to the following: the Arts Council of Ireland, Tipperary County Council Arts Office, Waterways Ireland, Creative Ireland Programme, Eva Birdthistle (Director) and staff of Nenagh Arts Centre, the OPW and ABP. Special thanks are due to Arts Officer, Melanie Scott assisted by Leisa Gray (current) and Liz Powell (previous) Festival Coordinators with Tipperary Arts Office.
"The incredible generosity of local sponsors seems to know no bounds. I refer to private individuals as well as businesses, all listed in the Festival programme. Those writers who participated in the Festival were astounded to receive a welcome pack of local produce giving them a taste of some of the best of what Nenagh and its environs has to offer: Hanly Tweeds, Derg Cheese, chutney from The Scullery and Oscar Wilde Water.
"One of the Committee’s aims this year was to build upon the links already made with the community.
In this regard, we are so grateful to the proprietors of the shops and cafes who helped to raise the profile of the Festival by allowing us to use their windows for display of posters, books, portraits of writers: John Slattery and Co, Finnertys Pharmacy, Tom and Sheila Walsh, Florence Ryan, The Fayre, Peter and Mary Ward, Joe Starr and The Wine Buff. A new feature of the Festival, poetry readings in local cafes, was kindly supported by Country Choice, Cinnamon Alley and Steeples. When it comes to inspiring locations for Transition Year and adult workshops, the Clubhouse of the Lough Derg Yacht Club is unique and we are so grateful for its availability.
"A waterside Festival without an event on the water would be a travesty. We are fortunate that Teddy Knight’s Ku-Ee-Tu waterbus affords us an on-the-water venue. Of course,
Nenagh Castle is now an old favourite, providing the setting for an authentic and atmospheric final event. Kevin Whelan is exemplary in his help and support to us. Noreen and John at The Thatched Cottage, Ballycommon have always made us feel so at home for our meetings. A young man who filled the role of our first writer in residence, Paul McNamara has set the bar at a very high level for those who come after him. We really appreciated his enthusiasm and flexibility.
"Our artists all commented on the welcome they received from accommodation providers: The Well Meadow B&B in Dromineer, and in Nenagh, Williamsferry B&B, Willowbrook B&B, Abbeyview B&B and The Abbey Court Hotel. When it comes to delicious meals, again the proprietors of The Whiskey Still and the Lake Cafe in Dromineer, and The Pepper Mill and Bistro 41 in Nenagh all excelled themselves in sustaining our visiting writers as well as ourselves. All of these essential elements showcased Dromineer and Nenagh in the best kind of light.
"So many past participants in the Festival have cited it as a launching pad for their career. The Committee of Dromineer Literary Festival, in association with its sponsors, is delighted to be involved with promoting their work by bringing it to the attention of Nenagh audiences. Thank you so much for your support whether as a member of the audience, a sponsor, a venue provider or a reader.