Clifden Arts Festival 15-25 September

Ireland’s longest-running community arts festival doffs its cap to the cultural riches that keep us all going through difficult times. Back to full capacity in venues across the region, Clifden Arts Festival returns for a 45th instalment, bringing with it the community-led spirit and diversity of inspiration that President Michael D Higgins hailed as a “unique and outstanding experience. Here is a list of must-see events during the festival.


Wed 21st Margaret Atwood, the Booker-winning literary giant behind The Handmaid’s Tale, will be in conversation with award-winning writer Elaine Feeney. On Sat 17th Writer and cultural historian Manchán Magan will give the annual John Moriarty Memorial Lecture. Sun 18th sees John Creedon bringing his knowledge about Irish folklore and place names to a special Station House Theatre event.


Thur 15th Celebrated wildlife filmmaker Doug Allen, An Eye Below Zero.


Tue 20th & Fri 23rd The Legendary Ingramettes. Sat 17th The Whileaways. Sun 18th Ella and the Duke. Mon 19th Máirtin O’Connor. Sun 18th Zoë Conway & John Mc Intyre. Tue 20th The Drew House Band


Tue 20th The Arts Council at 70: Critical Voices 2022. The Art Trail is a window exhibition taking place in Clifden Town as part of the Clifden Arts Festival, turning the whole town into an art gallery. 


Sun 18th Nuala O’Connor and Ray Burke. Fri 23 NORAMOLLYANNALIVIALUCIA: The Muse & Mister Joyce, Curlew Theatre Company’s “Portrait of the Artist’s Wife as an Older Woman.” On Mon 19th Far Calls. Multi award-winning filmmaker Tristan Heanue will premiere a specially commissioned film installation that combines Joyce, the Connemara landscape, and world-renowned screen icon Olwen Fouéré.