Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jim Connell Festival

It's that time of year again,the annual Jim Connell Festival will take place in Crossakiel and Kells over the May Bank Holiday.

The festival will include debate, workshops, lectures and panel discussions on issues relevent to the left and the trade union movement.

The festival celebrates the life of Jim Connell, the author of the socialist anthem " The Red Flag " who was born in Kilskyre in 1852.

Friday 29th April there will be music by " The King and I " in McCabes Bar Crossakiel 

Saturday 30th. Welcome: 11am Cllr Brian Collins, Cllr Anton McCabe, Cllr Connor Ferguson in The Peoples Resource Center,  Carrick Street, Kells.

CAN THE LEFT UNITE : (11:30am): Kathryn Reilly, Dr. Helena Shehan, Desmond O'Toole.

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED (2pm) : Sean Garland, Sam Nolan.

ANNUAL JIM CONNELL ADDRESS (4pm) by Jack O'Connor General President SIPTU and President of ICTU.

PRESENTATION ON LIFE AND WORKS OF JIM CONNELL (4:30pm) by Francis Devine, Author and Historian.

MCCABES, CROSSAKIEL (9pm) Pig Roasting Night with Traditional Irish Music by: Coscan, The Farrelly Brothers and Noel O'Neill, Rough Deal.

Sunday 1st May ( 11am) Tour of North Meath.

Bob Crow             RMT
Jimmy Kelly           UNITE
PHIL McFadden   Dublin Council of Trade Unions
Claire Keane         J Connell Committee and UNITE
David Hopper       Durham Miners Union. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Simply Stories

Edel Gillick, is a Local Meath author and story teller.
Her literary work includes:
The Boy That Fell Down The Well
The Land Monsters
Ghandi on O'Connell Street and much more.

Edel is now available for interactive story telling, creative writing work shops and story time sessions for schools, youth and intercultural groups, women's and men's associations, party's and cultural festivals.
She also writes to specific literary needs and would love to hear from you to discuss your requirments.

To see a sample of her work just go to The Authors Friend HERE then type in Edel Gillick The Boy That Fell Down The Well.

To hear Edel reading CLICK HERE

Contact Edel on 085-7068047 or


Friday, April 8, 2011


Tommy Murray reading at the monthly meeting of the Meath Writers' Circle in the Castle Hotel Trim 6th April 2011.  The meeting was very well attended and two new members Joined up, names not to be released until after probationary period is served. There was a lively discussion concerning a famous battle which has been held annually for the past few years in conjunction with the Trim Swift Festival called "The Battle of the Books".
 A secret weapon in the form of a piece of prose was read which it is hoped will decide the battle again this year. 
Mums the word, the other gang have spies everywhere..