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President Michael D.Higgins visits IWC | 25th Anniversary Celebrations

Colm Mac Con Iomaire Eilis Ni Dhuibhne Irish Writers Centre Irish Writers Centre Patron Joseph O'Connor Liz McManus Michael D Higgins President Higgins Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

President Michael  D.Higgins visits IWC | 25th Anniversary Celebrations

On Wednesday 13 January 2016 we welcomed the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, in recognition of his patronage which marked the beginning of our 25th year celebrations.     Writers and IWC Ambassadors, Éilis Ní Dhuibhne and Joseph O'Connor read for the President, as well as Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, the recipient of this year's Jack Harte Bursary Award. Musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire debuted his beautiful composition Solasta to a packed room of writers and distinguished guests – and wowed us all. The President addressed attendees with a speech that ranged in content from Bowie and Hot Press to Descartes and civil society... President Higgins...

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In memory of Brian Friel, RIP

Brian Friel Irish Writers Centre Liz McManus

Brian Friel – a playwright who gave voice to the heart and the resilience of the Irish spirit The Irish Writers Centre is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Brian Friel. Known as one of the greatest Irish playwrights of our times and renowned for Philadelphia, Here I Come, Translations and Dancing at Lughnasa, Friel proved himself to be a versatile writer who was skilled at adaptations and penned two fine short story collections. His impact has extended beyond the realm of writing, both at home and abroad. While Friel succeeded in bringing the realities of life in rural Ireland to a...

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