6th March

Venue: glór
Date: Sunday, 06 March at 10.00

Our Sunday morning symposium will look slightly different this year with two great events planned to inspire and provoke.

Firstly, Professor Diarmaid Ferriter will reflect on the centenary year and offer some insights into A Nation and Not a Rabble: the Irish Revolution 1913 to 1923, which was recently shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Irish Book Award.

We follow Do It Like A Woman in which we reflect on the ways in which people are revolutionary today and, in particular, the leading role that women have played in the universal and ongoing struggle for equality. Ireland’s social change over the past 30 years, which has affected men and women alike, has more often than not been championed by women. Chaired by Catríona Crowe, the session will consider the myriad ways in which people are revolutionary. The panel includes Caroline Criado-Perez, author of Do It Like A Women, along with Susan McKay and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.


Áit: Suas Caifé / Venue: Suas Coffee House
Dáta: Dé Domhnach, 06 Márta ag 12.45 / Date: Sunday, 06 March at 12.45
€8/€4* (faoi 18/under 18s)

Seans dúinn guth nua a chloisint anseo in Inis nuair a léifidh Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh ón a cnuasaigh filíochta a chuireann saol na gcathrach in iúl dúinn. Ailbhe Ni Ghearbhuigh is considered one of the most exciting voices in Irish language poetry today. Her work spans both the urban and rural divide and her reading will highlight the richness of the Irish language, not only in terms of exploring more rural or traditional themes, but also in terms of conveying the frenetic pace and busyness of modern-day life. Ailbhe was shortlisted in 2015 for RTÉ’s ‘A Poem for Ireland’. She will be joined at this special Irish language event to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge by Emer Ní Fhlaithearta and Úna Ní Fhlannagáin.


Venue: Old Ground Hotel
Date: Sunday, 06 March at 13.30 (includes a buffet lunch).

To celebrate Mother’s Day and to bring the 10th Ennis Book Club Festival to a fitting close, Colm O’Regan will entertain us and celebrate the Irish Mammy. Everyone should have an Irish Mammy. She’s never short of advice, a kind word, and a cup of tea (making sure to scald the teapot first, of course!). Explore the phenomenon of the Irish Mammy and what she might say about everything from the ‘new mass’ to the cardinal sin of not owning a cough bottle, and the importance of airing clothes properly. A warm, intelligent comedy show giving a gentle but accurate poke in the ribs to the oddities and quirks of Irish life. Colm’s Mammy says that it’s been done in New York, London, and Paris in front of three different ambassadors and other people with fairly good jobs, doctors and actuaries – that kind of thing. We might even organise an audience competition for prizes – where would you be going? Bring the coat. If it’s too hot you can take it off!