2024 Programme


Our society celebrates Gerard Manley Hopkins, his poetry and his unique connection to our community in Monasterevin. We are delighted to announce details of our Annual Festival 26th & 27th July 2024 in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Attendance at all events on both days: €40 Attendance at all events Saturday only: €30 Individual event entry: Concert €20 / Lectures €10 each

Tickets are available in Earleys Fashion Shop, at the Parish Office, or can be purchased at the door.


Friday 26th July ’24

We start our celebration in Monasterevin Community Centre, Whelan’s St, W34 FH24

4.00pm          Official Opening of Festival & Art Exhibition

(Art exhibition will operate all weekend)

4.30pm          Lecture on Art by Chair: Irene Kyffin

and then, in St. Pauls Secondary School, Moore Abbey Demesne, Athy Road, Monasterevin, W34 F576

8.00pm         Concert: Tenor Patrick Hyland

Saturday 27th July ’24

Our second day begins in Monasterevin Community Centre

10.00am          Lecture: Poetry & Its Role in Society: by Olivia O’Leary

11.30am          Lecture: Emily Lawless, Kildare Poet: by Eoghan Corry

and then in Monasterevin House, Presentation Generalate, Main St., Monasterevin, W34 PV32.

2.30pm          Poetry Reading: by Rita Kelly

3.00pm          ‘My Favourite Hopkins Poem’: Open Call