Achill Talking Walls Festival 13th – 21st October 2018

A celebration of Achill’s heritage and culture, communicated and interpreted through the buildings, places and pathways of the area. Scroll down for full event listings, or see

Saturday 13th October:

Slí Grainne Mhaol Historical Talk
Patten’s Bar, Dereens

Historical Display
Fisherman’s Cottage, Dooega
14.00pm – 16.00pm.

‘Memories of Achill’
Lakefield Gallery, Keel
Exhibition and festival opening.

Sunday 14th October:

Film Night: ‘Achill on Film’
Keel Hall, Keel

Monday 15th October:

An Afternoon at The Colony & Dugort
Meet at The Cottage, Dugort.
An afternoon at The Colony and Dugort, with Vincent English.
12 noon.

Historical Display
Fisherman’s Cottage, Dooega
14.00pm – 16.00pm.

Memorial Night
Cé Bheag, Dereens
Memorial lanterns for sale in Achill Tourism, Achill Sound.18.00pm.

Tuesday 16th October:

Achill Experience
Achill Experience Visitor Centre, Keel.
Offering group (15+) discount at this time.

Dúlra & Dúchas Acla Presentation
Achill Experience Visitor Centre, Keel.
16.00pm & 17.00pm

‘Tracing Roots’ & ‘The Achill Yawl’
Venue: Keel Hall, Keel.
Vincent English presents ‘Tracing Roots’, followed by ‘The Achill Yawl’ by James Kilbane.

Wednesday 17th October:

‘The Franciscan Monastery’
Meet at Bunnacurry N.S., Bunnacurry.
Talk with Vincent English.
12.00 noon.

Factory Tour – Achill Island Sea Salt
Achill Island Sea Salt, Bunnacurry.
Tour of the workshop.
13.00 noon.

‘Island Diaries & Painting on Achill’
Dánlann Yawl Art Gallery, Owenduff, Tonragee.
With Seosamh Ó Dálaigh.

Thursday 18th October:

‘Capturing The Moment’
The Valley House, Valley.
Haiku talk and haiku workshop with Micheál Gallagher and Shiela McHugh.
11.00am – 13.00pm

Talk on Achill History
Keel Hall, Keel
Vincent English presents ‘Achill 1830-1850, The Rise of the Achill Mission, The Famine in Achill & Keel Drownings’.

Friday 19th October:

‘Slievemore Cemetery & Deserted Village’
Meet at Slievemore Cemetery.
Historical talk with Vincent English.
12.00 noon

Historical Display
Fisherman’s Cottage, Dooega
14.00pm – 16.00pm.

‘Fisherman’s Tales’
Patten’s Bar, Dereens
Local stories from the sea.

Saturday 20th October:

Celebrate Sea Vegetables
The Beehive, Keel
Talk by Annette O’Leary.

Historical Display
Fisherman’s Cottage, Dooega
14.00pm – 16.00pm.

Le Céile Open Mic
The Valley House, Valley.
Open mic night of poetry and song hosted by Micheál Gallagher.

Sunday 21st October:

Historial Talk
Óstán Oileán Acla, Achill Sound
John Sweeney presents a talk on ‘The Bridge, The Railway & The Graveyard’.

Open Daily:

Memories Exhibition
Lakefield Gallery, Slievemore Road, Keel

Art Exhibition
The Art House, Davitt Quarter, Achill Sound

Art Exhibition
Western Light Art Gallery, Sandybanks, Keel.

Achill Heritage Centre

Achill Fieldschool
Folklife Centre, Dooagh

Achill Experience Aquarium & Visitor Centre
Achill Experience, Keel