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