Echoes – Maeve Binchy & Irish Writers Festival

1st – 3rd October 2021 – Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre – This Year It Will Be Different” BOOK HERE

Gordon Snell on ECHOES


ECHOES Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers festival is back with a weekend of in-person, live events from 1st – 3rd October at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. Named in tribute to Maeve’s 1995 short story collection This Year It Will Be Different which powerfully evokes the lives of people during times of change, Echoes 2021 features the best of Irish writing and writers, and celebrates friendship and hearing new and unheard stories.

On Friday 1st Oct at 7.30pm, there is a rare chance to see Maeve’s Aches and Pains adapted by Shay Linehan. Starring Margaret Toomey and Michael Heavey, the one-hour stage play is directed by Margaret Dunne.

On Saturday 2nd  9.15-5.00.  An exciting and diverse line-up of guest speakers includes Chris Binchy, Gillian Binchy, Rosita Boland, Turtle Bunbury, Anna Carey, Sinéad Crowley, Rachael English, Caroline Erskine, Ruth Fitzmaurice, Patrick Freyne, Sarah Gilmartin, Sarah Maria Griffin, Neil Hegarty, Rónán Hession, Caelainn Hogan, Róisín Ingle, Kathleen MacMahon, Dr Phil Mullen, Sean O’Rourke and Gordon Snell.  Clelia Murphy and Deirdre O’Kane will read from Maeve’s work.

Sunday 3rd October                   11.00am – 12 noon
Marvellously Maeve -Guided Walk
New for ECHOES 2021- from Dalkey Castle.

Full of Maeve’s stories and anecdotes, particular to Dalkey.

Read the Wave, 10.30am Ruth Fitzmaurice, author of I Found My Tribe leads the first Echoes sea swim! FREE Vico Baths, Vico Road.

Full details and all booking at Friday and Saturday events are indoor, live, and with socially distanced seating. Covid vaccination certificates must be produced for entry. Masks must be worn at all events, Limited number tickets available. Full programme and booking at Booking fees apply.

 Ireland’s only literary festival with Maeve Binchy at its heart

Half and full day tickets from €35 at

Ticketholders will be required to show proof of Covid-19 Vaccination/Covid Certificate on entry to all indoor events.

See highlights from ECHOES 2019.

See highlights from ECHOES 2018.

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Co-Funded by DLR Co.Co.