Achill Talking Walls Festival 12th – 20th October 2019

A celebration of Achill’s heritage and culture, communicated and interpreted through the buildings, places and pathways of the area. Full details to follow. See facebook.com/TalkingWallsAchill for latest news.


Memorial Lanterns
One of the events featured in the Talking Walls Festival is a Memorial Night (Monday 14th October), when a flotilla of lighted memorial lanterns is launched into the sea in remembrance of loved ones. Memorial lanterns are available from Achill Tourism’s office in Achill Sound, and they can be personalised with a message written onto the ‘sail’ of each vessel. You can also order your Memorial Lanterns online and we will launch them for you.


Saturday 12th October:

Slí Grainne Mhaol Walk
Patten’s Bar, Dereens
With Vivian Ruddy.
12 noon

Art Exhibition & Festival Opening
Lakefield Gallery, Keel
Inishgalloon Painters & Guests exhibition opening, & official Talking Walls Festival opening.
5.00pm

Sunday 13th October:

Achill Sheep Show
Patten’s Bar, Dereens
All welcome.
1.00pm

Film Night: Achill on Film
Keel Hall, Keel
All welcome.
8.00pm

Monday 14th October:

An Afternoon at The Colony & Dugort
The Cottage, Dugort
With Vincent English.
12 noon

Memorial Night
Cé Bheag, Derreens
Memorial lanterns for sale in Achill Tourism office, Achill Sound, or buy & personalise online.
6.00pm

Tuesday 15th October:

Achill Experience Group Discount
Achill Experience & Visitor Centre, Crumpaun, Keel
Group discount all day (15+).
11.00am

Boithrín na Smaointe Talk at Keem Bay
Keem Bay
With John ‘Twin’ McNamara.
1.00pm

Coastguard Walk to Moyteoge Head
Meet at top car park, Keem.
Coastguard Walk to Moyteoge Head. Please wear suitable clothing & footwear.
2.00pm

Exhibition: Achill in the Headlines
Achill Sound Library.
All welcome.
6.00pm

Wednesday 16th October:

Talk: “The Franciscan Monastery”
Meet at Bunnacurry N.S.
With Vincent English.
12 noon

Meet the Artist: Padraig McCaul
The Old School House (Scouts Den), Dugort
All welcome.
7.00pm

Thursday 17th October:

Talk: “Slievemore Cemetery & Deserted Village”
Meet at Slievemore Cemetery
With Vincent English.
12 noon

Historical Talks
Keel Hall, Keel
“The Achill Yawl” with James Kilbane, and “Landlordism on Achill” with Vincent English.
8.00pm

Friday 18th October:

Haiku Workshop
Valley House, Valley
“Capturing The Moment” haiku talk and two-day workshop.
11.30am – 2.00pm

Fadó Fadó Focus on Farming
Ted’s Bar, Cashel
All welcome.
9.00pm

Saturday 19th October:

Haiku Workshop
Valley House, Valley
“Capturing The Moment” haiku talk and two-day workshop.
11.30am – 2.00pm

Keel Sheep Show
Achill Head Hotel, Pollagh, Keel
All welcome.
1.00pm

Le Céile Open Mic Night
Gielty’s Clew Bay, Dooagh
Night of poetry and song hosted by Micheál Gallagher and Michael O’Donnell
8.00pm

Sunday 20th October:

Historic Bus Tour of Achill Island
Meet at Achill Tourism office, Achill Sound
With John Sweeney and Achill Heritage Tours.
2.00pm

Open Daily during Festival:

Art Exhibition
Lakefield Gallery, Keel
Inishgalloon Painters & Guests exhibition.
Open Daily

Achill Experience & Visitor Centre
Achill Experience & Visitor Centre, Crumpaun, Keel
Aquarium, boley house, gallery, AV show and more.
Open Daily

The Art House Gallery
The Art House, Achill Sound
Paintings & prints.
Open Daily

Art Exhibition
Western Light Art Gallery, Keel
Showing paintings, sculpture, photography & prints. Current exhibition: “Edge of Light”, photographs by Sean Cannon.
Open Daily

Achill Heritage Centre
Achill Heritage Centre, Bunnacurry
All welcome.
Open Daily