Week long festival kicks off for Hopkins in Newbridge College

The week long 26th annunal international Gerald Manley Hopkins Festival will continue in Newbridge College until Friday, July 26.

The week long 26th annunal international Gerald Manley Hopkins Festival will continue in Newbridge College until Friday, July 26.

The festival celebrates the life and works of the world famous poet who spent a lot time in Kildare in the mid 1880’s.

The festival, described as one of Ireland’s longest running events, started life in Monasterevin, but moved to Newbridge several years ago.

This year’s festival was opened by British Ambassador, Dominick Chilcott, on Friday afternoon followed that evening by a concert with world-famous Swedish pianist Hans Palsson, who also opened the festival to great acclaim last year for the Silver Jubliee,

Further highlights of a packed week include a lecture by James Mackey; poetry readings from poets representing Japan, USA, The Netherlands, Slovenia, The Philippines and Ireland. 
There will be several Hopkins lectures by leading scholars led by Catherine Phillips. A field trip will take place on Friday, July 26 to Old Connell Abbey – and there will be a week long parallel Youth Programme.

Meanwhile Irish musical highlights during the week will include a concert by Frankie Gavin on Tuesday, July 23 with Colm O’Caoimhe. And an exhibition from the South Kildare Photography Club will be open.

- Paula Campbell