Cúirt Launches in Presidential Style

The 2013 Cúirt International Festival of Literature kicked off in style last night as Ireland's President, Michael D. Higgins, officially opened the festivities with a speech at Hotel Meyrick in Galway's city centre.  The main event for the evening were the reading by well-known authors, Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley.  This was a highly anticipated event -- so much so that tickets were sold out well before the festival began.  

Thursday promises to be a day filled with excellent literary opportunities.  You can follow our live, on-site updates and real-time photos via our Twitter feed.  For now, check out a brief piece by The Irish Independent which highlights the launch of the festival:  Higgins Holds Cúirt as He Opens Literary Celebration

Click here to read Thursday's Cúrt round-up

Click here to read Friday's Cúrt round-up

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Tags: Arts, Literature, News, Poetry, Reviews

Comment by Bit Devine on April 25, 2013 at 4:14pm

I wish I could have been there! I still have a cowboy hat to deliver to Michael. I had promised him one after he attended one of our lectures back in 2005. Mine didn't fit him so well. It did make for some great laughs though!

 

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on April 26, 2013 at 5:56am

I take it the hat was too big for him, Bit?  Michael D. is one seriously small fellow!

Comment by Bit Devine on April 26, 2013 at 8:30am

Yes, Ryan....but only by a size...I am not so large meself... It worked out with a few dinner napkins in the band to fit him well enough...at least it wasn't sitting on his ears!

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