Friday 17th November


Schools Event ‘The Importance of Literature’

with teacher, anthologist and media personality Niall MacMonagle


Sacred Heart School

 Niall MacMonagle will discuss the importance of literature with 5th and 6th year students

Niall MacMonagle

Niall MacMonagle teacher, editor, broadcaster has published several anthologies including Real Cool, Outside In, The Open Door Book of Poetry, Slow Time, the Lifelines anthologies, TEXT - A Transition Year Reader and most recently the best-selling Windharp Poems of Ireland Since 1916 [Penguin 2015]. A regular contributor to RTE Radio 1, this year he is featuring Jane Austen's novels on Today with Sean O'Rourke and he writes a weekly art column for the Sunday Independent. In September he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UCD for his services to literature.



Exhibition Opening  ‘Mind Has Mountains’

Artists Aoife Casby, Mags Duffy, Lisa Molina and Jane Williams display artworks based on Geraldine

Mitchell’s poetry collection, Mountains for Breakfast.

Green Fuse Gallery




Poetry: from the ancient Greek, meaning to make or create.

Think of this exhibition as a silent conversation between five artists around a collection of poems one of them has made. Five different approaches, five separate languages – all five of them poet-makers feeding into one another, and feeding off each other, too.


Geraldine Mitchell’s collection, Mountains for Breakfast, has been called ‘a complex, honest shipping forecast of a book’. Aoife Casby, Mags Duffy, Lisa Molina and Jane Williams have taken their own readings of the barometer, picking up on the mood and atmosphere of the poems to present us with their visual responses.




11th Hour - Movie, Debate

Screening of short film ‘11th Hour’ by Jim Sheridan and Lise Hand followed by a discussion on the prevalence and impact of fake news on media with Jim Sheridan, Lise Hand, Mark Little, Áine Kerr and Larry Donnelly.

Westport Cinema




Lise Hand

Lise Hand is a columnist with The Times Ireland edition and is a regular contributor on current affairs programmes on radio and tv. She has worked for a variety of national newspapers including The Sunday Tribune, The Sunday Independent, The Sunday Times and The Irish Independent, covering everything from the Arts to Sport, Fashion, Features, News and Politics. She has also worked in film, and one of her stories has just been adapted into a short film which was directed by Oscar-winning director Jim Sheridan and stars Oscar-nominee Salma Hayek.


She was the parliamentary sketch writer for the Irish Independent during one of the most dramatic periods in Leinster House, the financial crash of 2008 and the subsequent upheaval. Still a political reporter, she has outlasted five Taoisigh, although she may have met her match with the new youngest-ever incumbent, Leo Varadkar.



Jim Sheridan

Following a distinguished career in the theatre between the 1960s and the 1980s, Jim Sheridan wrote and directed his first critically acclaimed feature My Left Foot in 1989.


He followed this in 1990 with The Field which he also wrote and directed.  In the same year he wrote the screenplay Into The West which was directed in 1992 by Mike Newell.  In 1993 he wrote, produced and

directed In The Name of the Father and in 1995 he wrote and produced Some Mother’s Son, which was directed by Terry George.  In 1997 he wrote, produced and directed The Boxer and in 1999 he produced Agnes Browne, directed by and starring Anjelica Huston.  He was also executive producer of Borstal Boy, On The Edge and Bloody Sunday.   In America, which he produced, directed and wrote was released in 2003.  In 2005 he directed and produced Get Rich or Die Tryin’.   Brothers was released in 2009 and Dream House in 2011.  His most recent feature film is The Secret Scripture currently on release.  He directed the short film 11th Hour at the end of 2016.


Jim Sheridan’s films have achieved popular and critical acclaim throughout the world.  His films have garnered sixteen Academy Award nominations and have won two Academy Awards as well as numerous prestigious international awards.  Jim Sheridan lives in Dublin and is married with three children.



Mark Little

Mark Little is CEO and co-founder of Neva Labs, a new Irish start-up developing solutions for people who want conscious control of their news experience. Mark spent 20 years in broadcast news, as an award-winning foreign correspondent and TV anchor for Irish public service broadcaster, RTE. In 2010, he founded the world’s first social news agency Storyful, and was most recently Twitter's VP of media partnerships in Europe.



Áine Kerr

Áine Kerr is COO and co-founder of Neva Labs; a new Irish start-up developing solutions for people who want conscious control of their news experience.


Previously, Áine led global journalism partnerships at Facebook, overseeing a team focused on building products, tools and services for journalists and also working to improve news literacy for news consumers. She was instrumental in helping to create and execute on the Facebook Journalism Project and led the creation of the News Integrity Initiative (NII).


Before joining Facebook in March 2016, she spent five years at Storyful, where she served as head of content and political editor before being appointed managing editor in December 2011 at the time of the company’s acquisition by News Corporation. Prior to that, Áine spent over seven years working as a political correspondent and news reporter with The Irish Times, The Irish Independent and The Irish Examiner. Áine is on the board of the NII, an advisor to the Institute for Future of Media and Journalism (Fujo), as well as being the co-founder of Online News Association (ONA) Ireland. She is currently undertaking the Sulzberger Leadership Program in Columbia University and has a Bachelor of Education (B’ED) and a Masters of Journalism (MAJ) with Dublin City University [DCU].


Larry Donnelly

Larry Donnelly is a Boston born attorney who has lived and worked in Ireland since 2001. He is a Lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education in the School of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  While on leave from his academic post from 2010-2012, he worked as Manager of the Public Interest Law Alliance in Dublin.  From a Boston Irish political family, Larry was active in politics and government in Massachusetts. Now, he contributes regularly to broadcast media outlets on American and Irish politics, current affairs and law and is a political columnist with and  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.



Followed by

Festival Opening with Music and Food

with Coda singing group

Clew Bay Hotel


€35 including Movie and Debate


An evening of song, chat, food and wine featuring the beautiful singing of Coda. A chance to meet and chat with some of the luminaries appearing at the 2017 Rolling Sun Book Festival.