Welcome to the Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival Website

A Cháirde,

As we celebrate the 20th year of the festival from 5th to 8th October 2023, we invite you to join us in the beautiful historic town of Nenagh and the environs of Lough Derg to indulge your interest in the world of books and literature.

We have planned a fascinating series of events and bookings are now open.

I want to thank my very dedicated committee and volunteers for the huge effort they put in to make the festival happen. Special thanks to our principal funders/partners The Arts Council, Tipperary Co. Council, Creative Ireland, Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh Library, OPW and all our local sponsors and businesses, who make this a special weekend in our community. Thank you, whether you are a newcomer or a regular attendee, I hope you will have a weekend to remember full of inspiration, ideas and fun!

A léitheoirí is a scríbhneoirí, tá súil again go mbainfidh sibh sult as gach uile nóiméad den fhéile seo agus go mbeidh cuimhní áille agaibh agus sibh ár bhfágáil arís.

Geraldine McNulty

Chairperson and Festival Programmer

Festival Team

Geraldine McNulty, Chairperson / Programming

Catherine Lahiff, Secretary

Geraldine Cronin, Treasurer

Kate McGrath, Assistant treasurer

Committee members

Virginia O’Dowd, Margaret Folan, Ellen Whelan.

Cormac Kinsella, PR and Social Media

Odhran Ducie, Festival Photographer

A Message from Our Patron, Author Donal Ryan

I’m deeply honoured to have been asked to serve as patron to the Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival. This part of the world is steeped in all forms of narrative art, and this annual celebration of storytelling and literature lifts our beautiful town, its verdant hinterlands, and the voices of its people onto a national and global stage.

This year, as every year, writers and artists from all over the world, from debutantes to household names, join local chroniclers and custodians of our rich histories and our endless vaults of stories in a celebration of the unifying power of creativity, the infinite potential of the arts to recognise, confront and offer solutions to the problems of this fracturing world, to generate empathy, and to create and sustain friendships and peace.

The massive waves of energy and passion required to bring about this convergence of light and beauty on our beloved home are generated by a small committee of incredibly dedicated and talented people. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the volunteers who, year after year, give so much of themselves to ensure that North Tipperary takes its place proudly among the festival destinations of the world. Thank you for your generosity, your tireless spirit, and for your wonderful work.

Festival Exhibition – River Traces

Throughout October 2023 at Nenagh Arts Centre DNLF commissioned artist, Bridget Flannery, to create our festival exhibition, inspired by words from Donal Ryan’s ‘The Queen of Dirt Island’. 

‘He couldn’t find a word that would explain their walks through the callaghs, following a path by the shallow stream that led from the village to the shore of the lake, and stopping there on a tiny half moon of shingle beach …’ 

Programme 2023

Festival Gallery 2023

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Super review of #learnedbyheart by Emma Donoghue in The Guardian www.theguardian.com/books/2023/aug/24/learned-by-heart-by-emma-donoghue-review-exquisite-imaginin... really looking forward to her event with Sinéad Gleeson on Oct 5. Booking here from Nenagh Arts Centre dnlf.ie/event/learned-by-heart-emma-donoghue ... See MoreSee Less

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Great interview with Siobhan MacGowan ahead of her event with Eleanor Hooker & Sean O’Connor on Thursday 5th October. www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/siobhan-macgowan-it-was-instilled-in-us-that-we-were-irish... Bookinh here from Nenagh Arts Centre www.nenagharts.com/event/celebrating-local-voices/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Writing Life & Families, Friday 6th October at 8pm, tickets 15€, location: Nenagh Arts Centre

DNLF Writer in Residence Vona Groarke & Kit De Waal in conversation with Paula Shields

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Kit De Waal & Vona Groarke have written about their own lives in fiction & poetry and in non-fiction. In this event the two writers will discuss their memoirs, poetry, fiction and essay with Paula Shields. Vona Groarke’s recent book about her great-grandmother, Hereafter: The Telling Life of Ellen O’Hara – is a poetic account of Irish women domestic servants in 1890s New York. Vona is also writer in residence at St John’s College, Cambridge. Her most recent of eight poetry collections is Link: Poet and World.

Kit de Waal, born to an Irish mother and Caribbean father, was brought up among the Irish community of Birmingham in the ’60s and ’70s. Her memoir Without Warning and Only Sometimes was published in August 2022. Her debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017. .An anthology of working-class memoir, Common People was crowdfunded and edited by Kit in 2019.

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Tipperary County Council

The Arts Council

Creative Ireland

Nenagh Arts Centre

Nenagh Library 



John Hanly & Company Ltd

Borrisoleigh Bottling Ltd

Cáis na Tíre Farmhouse Cheese

Carey Glass UC

Cronin Architects

David Peters Solicitors

Denis & Dorothy Finnerty

Eddie Guerin

Echo IT Donal Bray

Florrie Purcell, The Scullery


Ger Gavin House of Gifts

Jackie Cahill TD

Jacques & Mary Lumbroso

Lee Auctioneers

Margaret and James Dodd

Michael Gilmartin Auctioneer

Michael Lowry TD

O’Connor’s Supervalu

PJ and Sally Slattery, Dromineer

Dr. Pat & Mareta Harold

Sheedy’s Centra

Tom McGrath, The Foodhall

The Nenagh Bookshop

The Pantry

The Thatched Cottage

Tim & Isabel Treacy



Loc8 Code: L70-74-M12 (Lough Derg Yacht Club).

GPS Coordinates: 52.925917,-8.275806


The nearest railway stations to Dromineer are Nenagh (limited service), Thurles and Limerick. Rail information: www.irishrail.ie


To get to Dromineer leave the M7 at EXIT 26 and follow the GREEN signs for the N52, signposted ‘Tullamore, Borrisokane, Nenagh’. Continue through a number of roundabouts on the N52 to the Dromineer Road Roundabout where you take the first exit onto the R495 signposted ‘Dromineer, Ballycommon, Lough Derg’. The N52 is a ring road around Nenagh so there is no need to enter the town centre.

Get directions via the AA Route Planner


Shannon Airport has connecting flights from many UK, European and US locations.  www.shannonairport.com