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President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins writes letter of support for UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Festival

ULFrank McCourt Literary Festival & Creative Writing Summer School

The University of Limerick is honoured to have received a letter of support from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, for our UL/Frank McCourt Creative Writing Festival which starts today, 3rd May and runs until 6th May.

In his letter, the President writes:

Writers’ formations are never unilinear. Creative encounters are also occasions which bring together writers at all stages of their careers; those who have made a profound impact on the world of literature, those who have only recently experienced the joy of seeing their work emerge in print, and those who are at the very beginning of their creative journey, and value words of encouragement and direction.

Such gatherings of Ireland’s writing community remind us of the sense of care and sharing that exists amongst Ireland’s writers; of the support that is always forthcoming, the wisdom that is there to be passed from one generation of writers to the next. Festivals enable each generation to represent and capture their own unique moment in Ireland’s ever-changing landscape, as they make their own individual contribution to our great literary legacy.


Speakers at the Festival include Sir Bob Geldof, Marian Keyes, Anna Carey, Kevin Barry, Joseph O’Connor, Donal Ryan, Mary O’Malley, Kerry Neville, Martin Dyar, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Eoin Devereux, and Alan Hayes of Arlen House publishers. The event will be launched this evening, 3rd May, in the Bourne Vincent Gallery, Foundation Building, University of Limerick at 6pm.

Programme of Events


Joseph O’Connor, Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing, says of the festival:

“I want the Festival to offer something to everyone in Limerick: writers and readers, young people and older, students and people who have rarely been to the UL campus.

“It’s our way of saying we want to do something excellent for Limerick and we want everyone to feel welcome.  You don’t have to be a big-time literary reader to come along – though, if you are one, you are welcome.”



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