On Nov 9-12, the 2017 Allingham Festival will bring writers, artists, workshops and excitement to Ballyshannon. Please note the following updates in the schedule, and please join in the daytime events and other “Hidden Gems” of the Allingham Festival.  



  • Festival Opening – “No Woman's Land” – Susan McKay will speak about her life and career as a cross-border journalist – 8:00 pm in the Abbey Centre, following a wine reception. The Opening Night programme is sponsored by AIB.

  • Friday 

  • John D. Ruddy / “Manny Man” – 11:30 am Friday in the Abbey Centre – see detail below.

  • Jo McCusker – 2:00 pm Friday in the Abbey Centre – see detail below.

  • “Songs of Erne” musical programme – 8:00 pm in St Anne's Church.

  • Saturday 

  • High-tech vinyl cutting and design by The Fab Lab – a free event, but pre-booking is essential for limited seats – 10:30 am, The Mall 

  • The Allingham Concert – 8:30 pm in the Abbey Arts Centre.

Hidden Gems

  • Jazz Night – the first fringe event of the Allingham Festival – 10:00 pm Wednesday 8  November at Dicey Reilly's.

  • Fighting Words – public information session about the new creative writing programme for primary and secondary students – 10:30 am Friday in the Abbey Centre.

  • John D Ruddy / Manny Man – a YouTube celebrity shares his secrets – guaranteed to interest the younger crowd – 11:30 am Friday in the Abbey Centre.

  • “The Art of Awareness: A Creativity Workshop for Adults” – personal and artistic insights with Sunday Miscellany favourite Olive Travers – 1:30 Friday in Ballyshannon's unique Abbey Mill Restaurant. 

  • Jo McCusker – award-winning BBC sports documentary producer – stories and film clips for filmmakers and sports fans – 2:00 pm Friday in the Abbey Centre.

  • Wild Atlantic Writers – poetry and songs by Mick DeLap and local writers Win McNulty, Monica Corish, and Enda McGloin – 4:00 Friday in Dicey Reilly's, preceded by a brewery tour at 3:45. 

  • “For the Right Reason” – Maurice Lennon's Ireland – original music, storytelling and photography – 5:00 Saturday in the Abbey Centre.

Plus nationally-acclaimed writers, award ceremonies, open mic sessions, the Allingham Songwriting Competition finals and a Sunday-afternoon screening of The Jungle Book (1967). Pick up a programme or check the website www.allinghamfestival.com for an overview of the event-packed, family-friendly 2017 Allingham Festival. 

- Tom Sigafoos, Chairperson


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