Bard 2015 Official Opening By:
Anne Chambers, Authour GRANUAILE Grace O'Malley, Ireland's Pirate Quinn (Gill & Macmillan).
John F. Deane one of Ireland’s outstanding Poets and Fiction writers and a member of Aosdána. John F. was born in Achill Island and is founder of Poetry Ireland – The National Poetry Society and The Poetry Ireland Review in 1979. He has published several collections of poetry and works of fiction.
Bard Summer School explores the Irish myths and goes on a unique journey of discovery for their contemporary relevance. All of these myths have lasted thousands of years and have been handed down through Ireland’s oral tradition. There is a place for everyone on the school and Bard has welcomed participants from all over the world. The Summer School is three and a half days in duration and concludes with the annual Bard Féasta, a Celtic feast.
For those attending the Summer School who wish to visit Clare Island with their families, we are delighted to announce that we will once again run the Children’s Bard. This is conducted parallel to the adult summer school and includes art, weaving, sport, music, dancing and storytelling.
The Bard Festival hosts evening entertainment such as the annual Islander’s Night, where we experience local music, poetry song and dance performed by the people of Clare Island. This year the schedule includes an opportunity to complete the contemplative walk of The Chartres Labyrinth. This year the festival concludes with a poetry reading. Clare Island is the ancestral home of the legendary Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley (Granuaile). It provides a backdrop of megalithic tombs, holy wells and a 12th century Cistercian Abbey.