Doonreagan in Cashel, Connemara, formerly home to Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, was the venue last weekend of the Festival of Wild Atlantic Writing. The convivial gathering was hosted by Robert Jocelyn and Ann Henning Jocelyn, owners of Doonreagan. Among the speakers were Gerald Dawe, Professor Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin, and Seán Ryder, Professor of English at National University of Ireland, Galway. Also taking part were Dr John Fanning, Dr Seán Lysart, artist Padraic Rainey, poets Tony Curtis, Máire Holmes and Pete Mullineaux, writers Moya Duffy, Anne McCabe and Pat Mullan, as well as playwright Oliver McQuillan and the owners themselves.
The theme of this festival was “Writing inspired by the Atlantic seaboard”. It provided a varied and fascinating weekend, with talks ranging from J.M. Synge and Wittgenstein to various genres of contemporary writing. It was the third such literary event to be held at Doonreagan and the highly satisfied participants left in the hope that many more will follow.