The dulcet tones of the piano used by the great Irish tenor, Count John McCormack, will resonate around the Baronial Hall, Moore Abbey once again.
On Friday 25 July local people and international guests will enjoy a social evening there to launch the Monasterevan Hopkins Society Festival which starts the following day.
The concert features acclaimed baritone, Denis McArdle, accompanied by Gillian Saunders on piano, and internationally acclaimed musician Dianne Marshall will also give a recital on the harp.
The real business of the festival commences on Saturday morning, 26 July, in the Baronial Hall when well published Beckett scholar Dr. Arthur Broomfield will open the proceedings with a paper at 10am.
The second paper of the morning will be delivered by academic Dr. Michael O’Dwyer, followed by Irene Kyffin.
In the afternoon commencing at 3pm in Monasterevan House, Kerry born poet, Noel King will read from some of his works.
Noel will be followed by Dianne Marshall in an impromptu session on the harp at 3.30 and this will be followed by ‘My Favourite Hopkins Poem’ session when all and sundry can contribute with their favourite poem by Hopkins.
The organising committee is greatly appreciative of the congregations in Moore Abbey and Monasterevan House and for the generosity of the sponsors without whom it would not be possible to hold the festival.
Tickets for the concert are E20 single or two for E30. The academic sessions are E10 for the morning and E10 for the afternoon sessions.
Contact Richard O’Rourke, Chairman at 086-6075601 or Dan Carmody, Secretary at 085-7809133.or any member of the committee.