Artists return for Clifden festival

At the launch were Brendan Flynn, with special guest TG4's Alan Esslemont, and Des Lally , Clifden Arts Festival.

At the launch were Brendan Flynn, with special guest TG4's Alan Esslemont, and Des Lally , Clifden Arts Festival.

The 2019 programme for the 42nd Clifden Arts Festival (September 18 to 29 ) has been launched with a strong line-up of national talent.

Paul Noonan, lynchpin of national treasures Bell X1, makes an appearance this year, while legendary composer Bill Whelan and alt-trad maestro Colm Mac Con Iomaire combine with special guests for what will be a magical evening.

The west also welcomes back Olivier Award-winning dramatist Pat Kinevane with his “extraordinary” new play Before. Local legend and recent Aosdána inductee Margaret Irwin West will be the subject of a 50-year retrospective, and award-winning architect Sheila O’Donnell brings her refined watercolour studies to the town.

RTÉ stars David McCullagh and Martina Fitzgerald will chart some of the key moments across their illustrious careers, while Tommie Gorman will host an in-depth discussion with former deputy leader of the SDLP Seamus Mallon to discuss his turbulent years as a constitutional politician and his central role in the peace process.

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