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Culture and Heritage – HX Stay @ home Festival 2021

Rob Goodbody talk on Frederick Douglass & Richard Allen

Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland and became a significant figure in the cause against slavery. In 1845 he visited Ireland on a lecture tour and spent four months in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, and Belfast. He worked closely with Daniel O’Connell when in Ireland, though a great deal of the organisation of his visit was undertaken by Irish Quakers. These included Richard Allen, who was born in Harold’s Cross and was one of the high-profile activists against slavery from the 1820s onward. 
Rob Goodbody is a historic building consultant and a local historian. Among his publications are A Suitable Channel – Quaker Relief in the Great Famine, and the Royal Irish Academy’s Irish Historic Towns Atlas – Dublin 1756-1847. 

The State of Dark: Judith Mok in conversation with John Horne

Thursday 13 May 2021 at 7.30pm

In association with (and streamed from) the Irish Jewish Museum, Portobello. Judith will talk about her forthcoming memoir about family memory and the Holocaust. With readings.

This event will be broadcast live from the Irish Jewish Museum. Questions may be submitted on line to the speakers which they will address at the end of the presentation.

Judith Mok was born in Holland, and raised in France. She now lives in Portobello with her partner Michael O’Loughlin, the poet, who has generously agreed to contribute to the poetry evening at the Festival again this year. Judith is truly multi-talented. She was admitted to the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, one of the best music schools in the world, at just 14. By the time she graduated at 20 as a singer, she had already published her first book. Judith became an award winning soprano, performing in some of the most prestigious opera houses, including the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam where she performed a gala concert as a wedding present for the Dutch King, HRH Willem Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima in 2002. Judith has published a number of novels and poetry collections. Judith also works as a voice coach, teaching vocal techniques to performers including Dermot Kennedy, Kodaline, Glen Hansard, Grace Jones and Thom Yorke (Radiohead). She has collaborated with world-class producers, such as Dr Dre.

Judith’s most recent book The State of Dark is a memoir about her close family, parents and grandparents.  Her father Maurits was the leading Dutch poet and her grandfather brought the composer Gustav Mahler to Amsterdam to have his symphonies played by the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The book also addresses the destruction of an enlightened Jewish culture. 164 members of Judith’s extended family, including her grandparents, were murdered in the concentration camps in World War II:

Auschwitz 75 years on: The Holocaust’s toll for one Dublin family (

John Horne

John Horne is an historian who is recognized internationally as one of the leading experts on World War I. He joined the History Department of Trinity College Dublin in 1977, and remains there as Fellow emeritus. John directed the Centre for War Studies, of which he was co-founder in 2007, until summer 2016. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. In addition to carrying on research, writing and speaking on aspects of European history, John has contributed to radio and television programmes in Belgium, France, Ireland, the UK and the USA. He has also participated in several historical documentaries for television in Belgium, Ireland, the UK and the USA. Most recently, he provided the lead reflection in the second of the series of seminars organised by President Higgins for Macnamh 100 to mark the Decade of Commemorations. John’s paper entitled “Ireland at the Crossroad, 1920-21. Nation, Empire, Partition” can be accessed on the President’s website at this link:

Media Library | Speeches | President of Ireland

The Story of the Poddle – Cathy Scuffil

The little River Poddle has a big story to tell. The story is in place names, parish boundaries, street layouts, songs and the river. Join our Historian in Residence-Cathy Scuffil as she brings you on a journey with the Poddle from its source to the River Liffey.

Join Zoom Meeting on Monday the 10th of May at 8 pm

Meeting ID: 862 6389 8656
Passcode: 412651

Poddle Walk 1975 – Gerard O’Kelly

The River Poddle, one of the fifty or so rivers of Dublin, and the source, from a pool on its course, of the name “Dublin”, rises in Fettercairn, today part of Tallaght, and eventually flows into the Liffey. The Poddle flows from Tallaght through Templeogue and local suburbs, before passing under the south city centre.

Nowadays much of the lower course of the Poddle is in a culvert under city streets but it has caused flooding on occasions over the years. In the late 1800s, for example, this lead to changes within St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The confluence of the Poddle with the Liffey, through a grated opening in the Liffey walls, is visible at low tide, at Wellington Quay. Formerly the Poddle formed a large pool, the Dubh Linn, or black pool, a place now the site of the Coach house and Castle Gardens of Dublin Castle. This may have been the origin of Dublin’s name.

In 1592, Red Hugh O’Donnell and Art O’Neill escaped from Dublin Castle via a drain into the Poddle, which runs under the Castle from Ship Street gate to the Chapel Royal and the Undercroft. The Poddle was later used to provide a water defence for the south wall of the castle. The river formed an early supply of water to the city, as the Liffey was tidal where they met. By the 13th century the water supply was inadequate and a deal was made in 1244 with the Priory of St. Thomas to divert water from the Dodder to the Poddle to increase the water flow. This connection still exists.

Filmed & directed by Gerard O’Kelly 1975

Growing Up in Harold’s Cross – Steve Wall & Mark Tierney

Mark’s great-great-grandfather first came to Harold’s cross in the early 1800s and somebody from the family has lived in the house ever since.  Steve Wall will talk about what Harold’s cross means to him and his family. They bought the current house from Steve’s grandparents.

Interview by Brian Hutton

Where were the Liberties – with Eoin Bairéad?

Where exactly were ’the Liberties’?.  It has for long been a badge of honour of the ’true’ Dubliner that they and ’all belonging to them’ came from ’the Liberties’. Many would have a good idea what was meant by a ’Liberty’, but a grasp of the geographical extent of these famous districts is not at all as extensive, or as accurate. Eoin Bairéad will try to clarify things a little.

Pop up Gaeltacht

Wed 12th of May at 9.00 pm

Do you want an opportunity to speak a little Irish? Join the members of Glór Mológa for an evening of “caint agus craic” and see how it goes.

MART Gallery & Studios

Mart Studios, Harold’s Cross: Let’s visit a studio member

Have you wondered what is happening behind the brightly coloured walls of the studios of Greenmount, Harolds Cross? Its time to meet the artists! The finale of this series includes a group show, “From me to you”, with a painting by local artist Sheila Flaherty.

Derval Tubridy
Sarah Wren Wilson
Róisín Cunningham
Billy Dante
Paula McGloin
From Me to You

Paula McGloin, and close with the Rathmines Mart group-show, “From me to you”.

Conservation & Heritage – Retrofit Older Homes

Loving our older homes into the next century while neither freezing or destroying the planet!

Dublin City Council’s Conservation Department will give us some expert insights into preserving the best of our older homes in the face of climate change and rising costs. Learn about their work around the city and how they can help us protect Harold’s Cross and environs sensibly for future generations.


UPCOMING PHOTOWALK AND EXHIBITION 2022 WATCH THIS SPACE… Local photographer Esther Moliné will be organizing a photowalk around Harold’s Cross as soon as it is possible, watch this space! More information will be published here when the time is right, hopefully later this year! For next year’s Festival there will be an exhibition of the photographs taken during this photowalk. See Esther’s website.

HX Stay @ Home Festival 2021

The Harold’s Cross festival in 2021 will be almost entirely virtual. The festival has been running for more than 10 years and the aim is to continually increase the sense of community. The festival is run entirely by volunteers and takes place each year in May. This year it will run from Saturday 8th until Sunday 16th of May. Although it is mostly virtual this year – it is one of the most ambitious programmes yet and all the events are provided free of cost. We hope you will find something of interest in our festival and look forward to receiving feedback so that we can ensure it is relevant to all in the area.

Please note that details of how to access events will be posted a week before the festival on this website. Also please check the schedule close to the event because times and dates are subject to change.

Note that Closing Date for Entries for the Children’s Art Competition is April 30th 


Sat 8th MayHX GROW Exchange EventRetrofit Older HomesOde to Harold’s CrossEight by Five – The Poetry Line
Sun 9th MayTuras stairiúil Chrois Araild (ar Zoom) le Eoin BairéadNiki Collier Craft WorkshopGrowing up in Harold’s Cross – Mark Tierney & Steve WallSing along with Maria Doyle Kennedy
Mon10th MayNeighbourhood ChatsMART Gallery Cathy Scuffil – Walk along the PoddlePainting Workshop – Sheila Flaherty
Tue 11th MayNeighbourhood ChatsHX Educate TogetherCú Chulainn AwakesA Sense of Place Showcase
Wed 12th MayNeighbourhood ChatsStory Telling Workshop with Jack MurrayWhere were the Liberties?Rob Goodbody on Frederick DouglassPop-Up Gaeltacht
Thu 13th MayNeighbourhood ChatsIntroduction to Acting – Gabrielle BreathnachNote 7:30 Start Judith Mok in conversation with John Horne in association with the Irish Jewish Museum
Fri 14th MayNeighbourhood ChatsPearse McGloughlinJack Murray in conversation with Tony WardClann Uí Bhriain Trad
Sat 15th MayDCC Bedding PlantsBrendan Kelly on Science of HappinessMt Jerome – Readings & MusicA 1975 Walk by the Poddle
Sun 16th MayPandemic PetsPrize AnnouncementsPaddy Murray Book Readings

Previous Festivals

10 Year Celebration – Dublin City Culture Club
Highlights from the 2019 Festival

Previous Festival Videos

Family Activities – HX Stay @ home Festival 2021

Pandemic Pets

Children’s Art Competition

Harold’s Cross is Blooming

Our theme this year is Biodiversity- the abundance of our natural world in all its glory!

Amaze us with your vision of plants, wild or tame, that grow all about us, and the wildlife that they provide for. From the early rising birds to bees, spiders and micro-organisms, or simply the awesome beauty of a growing bud, show us the extraordinary variety of life around you!

The imagination and artistic merit of the entries will be celebrated on the Festival website and displayed around the neighbourhood in the Parks and in shops.

For all the details of the competition and how to enter click here  

The Art Competition age categories are:

§  Age 3 and under

§  Age 4-6

§  Age 7-9

§  Age 10-12

§  Age 13 -15

Closing Date for Entries April 30th 2021

Niki Collier Art Workshop & Film

Hairband or Brooch Workshop – 1 pm Saturday 8th of May

Make a hairband or a brooch from your old jeans. In this workshop, Niki and her girl Tanya would show you how to make a new adornment from your old pair of jeans. Join us for an hour of fun, making and letting your imagination go. All you need is a pair of scissors and a pair of old jeans.

Phoenix Wings – Dance – 12 Noon 16th of May

This is a short film collaboration between Niki Collier, Tanya & Beta Bajgartova.

This project is possible with the support of Arts and Disability Ireland.

Ogham Trail

Glór Mológa invites you to a Tóraíocht Taisce  (Treasure Hunt) – Follow the clues and discover some wise words on the Ogham Trail. See if you can decipher the coded message. If you succeed, send a picture of the message to 

Introduction to Acting Workshop – Gabrielle Breathnach

Introduction to Drama  Acting workshop with our local actor Gabrielle Breathnach Open to all adults (16- 90-year-olds) No acting experience necessary just curiosity If you want to escape lockdown for 45 minutes, join Gabrielle on zoom for fun, play, and drama.

Local school kids sing along with Maria Doyle Kennedy

In conjunction with Maria Doyle Kennedy local singer, songwriter, and actor, pupils from Scoil Mológa and  Harolds Cross primary school will perform a short musical film.

Painting Workshop for Children + Adults – Monday 10th of May 9 pm

Get ready to unlock your inner artist. Art Academy is excited to host an online painting workshop for the Harold’s Cross Festival 2021. Explore your creativity with this paint along online workshop of a local Harold’s Cross scene. Scene TBC. The painting class is suitable for everybody weather you are a complete novice, haven’t picked up the paint brush in a while or a regular Da Vinci, you are very welcome to join. You can join the painting class on on the week of the festival. It is completely free, all are welcome. Happy Painting, Sheila. Owner and Founder of Art Academy.”

Poetry, Drama & Music – HX Stay @ home Festival 2021

Pearse McGloughlin – Songs from Badlands

Pearse performs a short live set recorded for Harold’s Cross Community Festival in Badlands Rehearsal Studios by videographer Emil Petrov. ‘Subtle elements of the fantastical’ The Irish Times
‘Shades of a serene Sigur Ros or Beach House in their better moments’ The Sunday Times

Eight by Five – The Poetry Line

Eight renowned poets who live along a 5 km stretch through Harold’s Cross from Portobello to Rathfarnham read from their work and reflect on the neighbourhood and how it has influenced their writing. Featuring Amanda Bell, Catherine Ann Cullen, Gilles Fabre, Maggie O’Dwyer, Michael O’Loughlin, Peter Sirr, Gerry Smyth, and Enda Wyley.

Amanda Bell is Harold’s Cross’s inaugural Writer in Residence. Her published work includes poetry, psychogeography, transcreation, and creative non-fiction for children. Her debut poetry collection First the Feathers was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection. A new collection, Riptide, is forthcoming from Doire Press.

Catherine Ann Cullen is Poetry Ireland’s Poet in Residence, and the recipient of a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Award 2018/19. She is the author of three books for children, and three poetry collections, the most recent of which is The Other Now: New and Selected from Dedalus Press.

Gilles Fabre is a French national living in Ireland. His first collection of haiku Because of a Seagull was published by The Fishing Cat Press. His latest collection Along the Way was published by Alba Publishing in 2020. He is the editor in chief of Seashores, an international journal of haiku.

Maggie O’Dwyer is a visual artist, poet, and gardener. Her collections from Templar are Yes, I’d Love to Dance (2008), Laughter Heard from the Road (2009), and The Wire Heart (2015). Her debut collection was shortlisted for the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award in 2010, and her art is widely exhibited.

Michael O’Loughlin lived for many years in Barcelona and Amsterdam. He has published five collections of poetry and has also translated poetry from Dutch, Spanish and Catalan. His new collection, Liberty Hall, a highly original fusion of poetry, images and prose memoir, is published by New Island this April.

Peter Sirr’s personal journey through Dublin past and present, Intimate City, is due from The Gallery Press. He has published ten poetry collections. His novel for children, Black Wreath, was published in 2014. He is a member of Aosdána. With his wife, the poet Enda Wyley he co-hosts the podcast Books for Breakfast ([]) 

Gerard Smyth has published ten collections, including The Sundays of Eternity (2020); A Song of Elsewhere (2010); The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems (2015) (all from Dedalus Press), and The Yellow River (with artwork by Seán McSweeney and published by Solstice Arts Centre in Navan in 2017).  He is a member of Aosdána.

Enda Wyley has published six collections of poetry with Dedalus Press. The most recent is The Painter on his Bike (2019). Her books for children include, Boo and BearI Won’t Go to China! and The Silver Notebook, O’Brien Press. Enda is a member of Aosdána, and co-hosts the podcast Books for Breakfast. 

Showcase of readings from ‘A Sense of Place: Discover Harold’s Cross through Creative Writing’

‘Participants of the recent Sense of Place Writing Workshops will read from the work produced by the group. The readings will be hosted by Writer-in-Residence Amanda Bell’

Clann Uí Bhriain Trad

Friday 14th of May 9 pm.

Glór Mológa are delighted to welcome a selection of traditional Irish music by the Ó Briain family of Harold’s Cross. Muiris Ó Briain and his family are well known as talented musicians and multi-instrumentalists.

Storytelling Workshop with Jack Murray

How to tell a great story. Have you ever wondered how to tell a great story? In this one hour workshop Jack Murray will reveal: 

  • The science behind what makes stories the most powerful way to communicate 
  • The elements of a great story
  • How to structure a story
  • How you can learn how to become a great storyteller.

Ode to Harold’s Cross

8 actors with a connection to Harold’s Cross bring life to characters from a bygone age. Join us to discover some of the great Irish historical figures who have passed through Harolds Cross.

Jack Mullarkey, Lorcan Cranitch, Aaron Monaghan, Steve Wall, Clare Monnelly, Ingrid Craigie, Aidan McArdle & Derbhle Crotty will deliver various pieces:

  • Robert Emmet’s  speech from the dock  
  • Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge
  • Ulysses by James Joyce  
  • Countess Markiewicz
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Sheridan LeFanu

Cú Chulainn Awakes

The spirit Cú Chulainn, iconic hero of Irish Mythology, reconnects young and old in a positive way with their deepest ancestral core.

Created during the first Covid-19 lockdown in Ireland, this engaging drama inspires a communal spirit of courage and resilience in a time of crisis.

Eamon Carr once more invokes the Ghost of CúChulainn, the powerful central character of his verse play Dusk which was hailed as a success when staged at the GPO and New Theatre in Dublin by Red Iron Productions in 2016 with Garrett Lombard, Caoimhe Mulcahy and Denis Conway.

A drama that inspires a communal spirit of courage and resilience in a time of crisis, CúChulainn Awakes features Garrett Lombard as CúChulainn, Denis Conway as the visionary Seer and Olwen Fouéré as the Chorus, a triumvirate of exciting Irish talent who breathe fresh life into the legendary Irish icon.  

Produced by Andy Cummins with composer Denis Clohessy and filmmaker Killian Ginnity joining the company to complete the team.

These performances were filmed during the lockdown in April, May and June of 2020 obeying all government directives on social distancing and without any of the cast actually meeting in person.

Writer: Eamon Carr

Producer: Andy Cummins

Actors: Garrett Lombard, Denis Conway and Olwen Fouéré

Film Maker: Red Iron Productions


HX Stay @ Home Festival 2020

Stay @ Home Festival 2020 Launch by Conor O’Mahony

Running Order

Saturday 16th of May11-11:30 amNiki Collier Workshop
Saturday 16th of May1-1:30 pmNiki Collier Workshop
Saturday 16th of May2-2:50 pmDrawing from the Collection with Sheila Flaherty
Saturday 16th of May3 pmTraditional music session/Seisiún Ceoil Traid le Clann Uí Bhriain
Saturday 16th of May4-4:30 pmLocal History Talk as Gaeilge – Eoin C Bairéad
Sunday 17th of May11 amBrunch as Gaeilge
Sunday 17th of May2 pmBeginners Irish Class (International Beginners welcome!)
Sunday 17th of May4 pmBingo in Irish/Biongó as Gaeilge
Sunday 17th of May5-6 pmSteve Wall, Pearse McGloughlin & more
This is the schedule for acts that occur at a specific time. All others can be viewed at any time

A poetry reading recorded for Harold’s Cross Online Festival 2020. Introduced by Amanda Bell and featuring Catherine Ann Cullen, Judith Mok, John O’Donnell, Michael O’Loughlin, Peter Sirr, Adam Wyeth and Enda Wyley. Read More

Steve Wall, Pearse McGloughlin & more

Pearse and Billy (Nocturnes)
Steve Wall
Leonora Bethencourt will MC the event

Hope you enjoy this selection of photographs I’ve taken of my local area in Dublin, Harold’s Cross. I’ve compiled it specially for the Harold’s Cross Festival, which unfortunately this year can’t take place due to the coronavirus crisis. Keep safe. Esther Moline

HX Grow May 2020

The HXGROW project emerged from the Harold’s Cross  as a social capital building strategy based on a simple idea:

That every household in the community has a window box; a balcony; a container; a raised bed; a back yard; a front garden; a back garden; … where plants can be grown for food or for pleasure.

The project has excelled in the COVID-19 emergency as residents get to grow plants, share wisdom and expertise and support each other through success and failure while implementing social distancing protocols.

With Dublin City Council and Harold’s Cross Community Village Council, planning is now underway to create the ‘HUB’ to support the growing community of growers.

The HUB will provide a central facility to grow plants for community growers to grow on to harvest; provide a living archive of heritage apple and fruit trees to help restore the orchard tradition to Harold’s Cross; be a knowledge centre to support urban agriculture; build capacity to cook, conserve and enjoy fresh produce.

Grace Gageby plays ‘The Excursion’ by Nikos Mamangakis

Mount Jerome photostory by Katie McDermott

Harold’s Cross Over Time and Space: Revolutionaries and Luminaries by Patrick Gageby

Slideset for Patrick’s talk

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Art Competition

For all our budding junior artists why don’t  you draw 

or paint a picture which is inspired by your feelings and

experiences at the moment?  It might be about enjoying

 your neighbourhood walks, helping your neighbours, 

missing your friends and family,  staying at home or, 

doing your schoolwork at home! Whatever inspires you!          

Get someone to take a photo or scan your entry and 

submit it by email to the following email address:

Drawing from the Collection with Sheila Flaherty

Sheila Flaherty gave a virtual brunch-time sketching session from the National Gallery to celebrate #NationalDrawingDay in association with #InternationalMuseumDay
She draws the sculpture of the Crouching Venus from the collection.

Drawing from the Collection at The National Gallery to Celebrate #NationalDrawingDay

Link for virtual gallery tour:
Find Sheila at the Art Academy

Local History Talk – Eoin C Bairéad

Johnny from Locura Latina

Johnny from Locura Latina Ireland, come to show you in a shorty video dedicated for kids and all family how to get the look of “de la Cruzito” the little kid from Coco, the movie.

Butterfly Workshop with Niki Collier

Here’s a chance to see Niki and Tanya’s workshops from Saturday

Niki and her daughter Tanya to make butterflies with paint and paper.

How to felt a butterfly
Exploring heritage textiles to develop innovative cross medium techniques, by Niki Collier

Glór Mológa Events:


  • 3pm Traditional music session/Seisiún Ceoil Traid le Clann Uí Bhriain


  • 4pm Bingo in Irish/Biongó as Gaeilge

This can be viewed on Facebook

Looking Back

Ten years of the Harold’s Cross Community Festival. Photos of the concerts, plays, poetry sessions, lectures, art exhibitions, children’s games, children’s drawings, Dublin Sketchers, pop-up gaeltachts, volunteers volunteering and much much more.
10 Year Celebration – Dublin City Culture Club
Highlights from the 2019 Festival

Previous Festival Videos

Poetry – Harolds Cross Online Festival 2020

Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell’s children’s book The Lost Library Book is the story of a 500-year old book missing from Marsh’s Library, which was found in the much-missed Harold’s Bazaar in Harold’s Cross. She holds an MA in Poetry Studies, and her books of poetry and haiku are available from Alba Publishing and Doire Press. Awards include The Allingham Prize, and short-listings for Irish Poem of the Year 2017, a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award, a Merit Book Award, and the Shine Strong Award. Her YA novel was shortlisted for the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair 2020. She has a new collection forthcoming from Doire in 2021.

Dr. Catherine Ann Cullen

Dr. Catherine Ann Cullen is the inaugural Poet in Residence at Poetry Ireland and author of six books. Her latest are All Better! (Little Island 2019) and The Other Now (Dedalus 2016)

Judith Mok

Judith Mok, who was born in the Netherlands, started off by writing and publishing prose and poetry in Dutch. While based in Ireland she began to write in English at the request of newspapers and radio programmes. She now only writes in English and her prose and poetry in English has been widely published. Her short stories have been shortlisted twice for the Francis McManus award. Her first novel, The Innocents at the Circus (unpublished), was written in French for the Prix de l’Académie Française, and led to a three-day visit to the Académie. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She has been supported by the Irish Arts Council. In December 2016, Judith received a Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship.

Michael McLoughlin

Michael O’Loughlin Michael O’Loughlin was born in Dublin in 1958. He has published six collections of poetry, and is also a critic, screenwriter, translator and columnist. He lived for many years in Spain and the Netherlands but now lives in Dublin. He is a member of Aosdana, the Irish Academy of Artists, and in 2017 was the UNESCO City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. His Poems 1980-2015 appeared in 2017, of which the Irish Times wrote: “These poems from three and a half decades constitute European poetry in the mask of English, and they are a unique addition to the Capital of Letters.” His poetry has been translated into many languages.  

John O’Donnell

John O’Donnell’s work has been published and broadcast widely. Awards include the Irish National Poetry Prize, the Ireland Funds Prize, and the Hennessy Awards for Poetry and for Fiction.

He has published four poetry collections, the latest of which is Sunlight: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press) and is available here:

His short story collection Almost the Same Blue is published by Doire Press and is available here

Peter Sirr

Peter Sirr has published ten poetry collections, of which the most recent are The Gravity Wave (2019), a Poetry Book Society recommendation, and Sway (2016), versions of poems from the troubadour tradition. The Rooms (2014) was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the Pigott Poetry Prize. The Thing Is (2009), was awarded the Michael Hartnett Prize in 2011. His novel for children, Black Wreath, was published in 2014. His radio dramas are broadcast on RTE, the national broadcaster. He teaches literary translation in the Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, Trinity College and is a member of Aosdána.

Adam Wyeth

Adam Wyeth is an award-winning writer. In 2019 he received The Kavanagh Fellowship Award. He is the author of two poetry collections, Silent Music and The Art of Dying; and essays, The Hidden World of Poetry. His third collection ‘about:blank’ will be published in 2020. He teaches online creative writing at

Enda Wyley

Enda Wyley has published six collections of poetry, from her debut Eating Baby Jesus, (1993 ), through to Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems, (2014), and her most recent, The Painter on his Bike (2019). She was the inaugural winner of the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, Melbourne University, and has been widely broadcast, translated and anthologised, including in The Harvard Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry. She has been Poet in Residence for many projects, such as The People’s Acorn, with sculptor Rachel Joynt, for Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the Irish President. She has also published books for children, including, Boo and Bear, The Silver Notebook, and I Won’t go to China! (O’Brien Press). She is a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy of artists.

Festival 2020

Latest news

Regrettably it is no longer possible to hold the 2020 Community Festival in May. We’re challenging ourselves to come up with some ideas to have an alternative creative community experience without physically congregating – ideas welcome !

Festival 2021

Theme: TBD

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Wednesday the 6th10,11 & 1211,12 & 1 pmHarold’s Cross Park
Monday7 pm9 pmRosary Pastoral Centre
Tuesday7 pm 9:30 pmRosary Pastoral Centre
Wednesday2:30 pm4.30 pmTours of Mary Aikenhead Heritage CentreOur Lady’s Hospice – Harold’s Cross Road
Wednesday7 pm 9:30 pmRosary Pastoral Centre Book
Thursday2:30 pm4.30 pmTours of Mary Aikenhead Heritage CentreOur Lady’s Hospice – Harold’s Cross Road
Thursday7.30 pm9.30 pmHarolds Cross Park
Thursday9.30 pm11 pmPeggy Kelly’s
Thursday9:45 pm11:30 pm
Friday2:30 pm4.30 pmTours of Mary Aikenhead Heritage CentreOur Lady’s Hospice – Harold’s Cross Road
Friday7.45 pm 10 pmHospice Theatre Book
Friday6 pm8 pmRosary Pastoral Centre
Saturday10 am12 noonRosary Pastoral Centre
Saturday10:30 am4:30 pmOpen Garden & Plant SaleOur Lady’s Hospice
Saturday12 noon2 pmDog Show – Registration from 10 amHarold’s Cross Park
Saturday12 noon5 pmRosary Pastoral Centre
Saturday12 noon5 pmHarold’s Cross Park – Park Shelter
Saturday12 noon2 pmHarold’s Cross Park
Saturday1 pm1.30 pmMediaeval JoustingHarold’s Cross Park
Saturday2 pm4 pmHarold’s Cross Park
Saturday2 pm4 pmHarold’s Cross Park
Saturday2 pm4 pmChess Harold’s Cross Park
Saturday2 pm5 pmVintage CarouselHarold’s Cross Park
Saturday2 pm5 pmSports & Yoga DemosHarold’s Cross Park
Saturday2:30 pm4.30 pmTours of Mary Aikenhead Heritage CentreOur Lady’s Hospice – Harold’s Cross Road
Saturday3 pm5 pmHarold’s Cross Park
Saturday3 pm4pmMount Argus TourMount Argus Church
Saturday4 pm4.30 pmHarold’s Cross Park
Saturday4.30 pm5 pmHarold’s Cross Park
Saturday Evening8 pm10 pmHospice Education Cente
Saturday Night9:30 pmlateMcGowan’s
Sunday11 am1 pm
Sunday11 am5 pmOur Lady’s Hospice
Sunday12 noon5 pmHarold’s Cross Park – Park Shelter
Sunday12 noon5 pm
Sunday1 pm2.30pm
Sunday1 pm1.30 pmHarold’s Cross Park
Sunday1 pm5 pm
Sunday1 pm5 pmHarold’s Cross Park
Sunday1 pm5 pmPlant SaleHarold’s Cross Park
Sunday1:15 pm5 pmFamily Fun in the ParkHarold’s Cross Park
Sunday2 pm5 pm Harold’s Cross Park – Main Stage
Sunday2 pm2.30 pm
Sunday2 pm4 pmHarold’s Cross Park
Sunday2 pm5 pmFace PaintingHarold’s Cross Park
Sunday2 pm4 pmRussian Orthodox Church toursRussian Orthodox Church
Sunday2 pm5 pmVintage CarouselHarold’s Cross Park
Sunday2 pm4 pmHarold’s Cross Park
Sunday2:30 pm3.30 pmMount Argus TourMount Argus Church
Sunday2:40 pm3 pm
Sunday2:45 pm3 pmHarold’s Cross Park – Park Shelter
Sunday3:10 pm4 pm
Sunday3.45 pm4 pmHarold’s Cross Park – Main Stage
Sunday4.10 pm4.30 pm
Sunday4.45 pm5 pm
Sunday5 pm5.15 pmGrand RaffleHarold’s Cross Park – Main Stage

The annual community festival in May is organised by the Harold’s Cross Village Community Council with the support of the Harold’s Cross Business Association, Dublin City Council, Terenure and Rathmines Gardaí, Civil Defence, Defence Forces, Russian Orthodox Community, Local Businesses, Artists, Musicians, Historians, Writers and Photographers.

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Patrons please note photos and images may appear on Festival related Social Media and publications

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