Sunday June 16, 2019
in conjunction with Joan Clancy Gallery in the Waterford Gaeltacht.
Poet Laureate John Betjeman died 35 years ago this year. John was a good friend of the Villiers-Stuart family and in fact wrote “Dungarvan in the Rain” for Emily Villiers-Stuart. Betjeman stayed at both Dromana in West Waterford and the Yellow House in Helvick in the Waterford Gaeltacht.
Joan Clancy and Barbara Grubb have joined together to honour this great poet. Joan Clancy Gallery in the Waterford Gaeltacht will host a group show, June 12th -22nd June.
At noon of June 16th, Bloomsday, the gates of Dromana will open to welcome those who would like to bring their own picnic to the Gardens to feast in the beautiful surroundings. Weather permitting.
At 2pm Thomas McCarthy renowned poet and novelist from Cappoquin will open the John Betjeman Festival. Readings and recitals will follow by: Author Sally Phipps , (daughter of Molly Keane) Clodagh Beresford Dunne, superb poet and Journalist, Dr. Peter Murray retired director of the Crawford Art Gallery, John FitzGerald winner of the Patrick Kavanagh poetry award, and director of the Boole Library UCC. Proceedings will conclude with afternoon tea.
Programme may be subject to change without notice.