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 Festival Programme
16th - 26th September


Reading and interview with Ronan Sheehan, curator of 'Cuban Love Songs'.


Ronan Sheehan and friends will discuss the motivation and interpretation of a collection of Cuban poems which have been translated and re-interpreted by Irish poets and writers.


Thu 16th September 2021, 18:00 – 19:30

Wesley House, Leeson Park, D06 N5P0

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This one man show takes you through the mind of an actor at a pinpoint in his life as he wrestles with fear and doubt.


From Waterford City, Darren Malone is an actor and performer in both theatre and film.

Sat 18th September 2021, 13:00 – 14:30

Darthmouth Sq, Ranelagh, Dublin 6


From writer Mark O'Rowe, "Howie the Rookie" starring Fintan Kelly tells stories of several unique characters from Dublin's underworld


Sat 18th September 2021, 16:00 – 18:00

Darthmouth Sq, Ranelagh, Dublin 6




Theatre in the Park. StageScreen presents Theatre in the Park a collection of original short plays.

This is an outdoor event. Remember to wear comfortable warm and waterproof clothing.

Sun 19th September 2021, 14:00 – 16:00

Darthmouth Sq, Ranelagh, Dublin 6


Join Suzanne Savage (Irish singer, songwriter and violinist), smile to the Dublin Ukulele Collective and be wowed by a magician in this eclectic, family friendly variety show.

More acts TBA.


Sun 19th September 2021, 16:00 – 18:30

Darthmouth Sq, Ranelagh, Dublin 6



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Paint an outdoor scene celebrating the parks and spaces we have in the area.


YOU are the artist. Collect your canvas at Ranelagh Arts No6 Ranelagh, D06 X7W9 during office hours and paint something to celebrate the many lovely spaces we have in Rathgar, Rathmines and Ranelagh. Return you completed work at close of business on Wednesday 22nd September. The works will then be displayed in the Archway to Ranelagh Gardens on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September with the winning entries being announced on Saturday.

Exhibition Fri 24th & Sat 25th September,

Winners announced Sat 25th September,

Ranelagh Gardens, Ranelagh, Dublin 6


Talk and interview with Kealan Ryan, best selling author (The Middle Place - Mercier Press) and producer/writer of feature film LIFT (available on Amazon Prime).

At the age of 40, Kealan decided to change his career path. He went from installing kitchens to acting college to becoming a successful novelist and filmmaker. Kealan has had a passion for film and novels since a very young age, and in 2018 his feature film 'LIFT' was released to four star review worldwide and his debut novel was recently published by Mercier press. In this entertaining and provocative talk, Kealan will talk about his process, how to get your first novel published, working with legendary actor Gerard McSorley and read from his novel 'The Middle Place'

Trailer for LIFT

Thurs 23rd September, 18:00

Wesley House




A collection of short films from local and international filmmakers at the Stella, Devlln Hotel.

Sat 25th September, 12:00 – 14:00

Devlin Cinema, 117-119 Ranelagh, Dublin, D06 WY50




Angel Hannigan and her talented friends will treat us to music, poetry, stories and a few cheesy jokes.

Performers will include many local and national artists including Jazz singer, Emilie Conway, poet Ruari Conneely and many others. Those who remember the halcyon days of the Collective in the garden of No26 Ranelagh will be delighted at this revival, those who have never been, you have surely heard what a collection of precious talent appeared. Don't miss this.

Sat 25th September, 18:00,

St Phillips Church


Queer Walking Tour

Join Hannah Tiernan on a walking tour of Ranelagh and Rathmines to learn about the hidden histories of the queer characters who lived there.

Did you know about the gay brothel in Rathmines that threatened to topple the British monarchy? Did you know there was a lesbian couple on Belgrave Road who fought for women's suffrage, ran field hospitals during the 1916 rising and later founded an infants hospital? And did you know about the quiet leafy park that was one of the busiest gay cruising spots in Dublin?

Tour leader Hannah Tiernan is a researcher, writer and visual artist. A Rathmines native, her core area of research is contemporary Irish queer history. Her current research focusses on lesbian activism from 1971 to 2015.


Sun 26th September, 10:00 – 11:00

The Triangle, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Borderlands - Ranelagh Meeting Rathmines

Walk with Honor O'Brolchain to discover the history of Ranelagh and Rathmines.

Starts outside Morton’s – Dunville, Belgrave (lwr.) Belgrave Sq. corner, Palmerston Rd. To Cowper crossing and back, Belgrave Rd., finish at the back of the church.

There are several suggestions as to where the Ranelagh/Rathmines border lies but when most of their building was expanding they were both in the Rathmines Township so, treading carefully, this walk goes from one to the other, from Morton’s, one of the oldest Ranelagh shops to the beauty of the now public, Belgrave Square and the 1649 Battle of Rathmines, now covered by large lovely houses where several great painters, some Yeats, more Becketts, two Taoisigh and the builder and owner of most of the road for its first 60 years lived.

The walk finishes on the Rebel Road, the Red Road and Belgrave Road, home to revolutionaries, polilticos and a very great doctor.

Sun 26th September, 12:00 – 14:00

Morton's, 15-17 Dunville Ave, Dublin 6, D06 V2X6

Maeve Brennan Walk

Sally Corcoran takes you on a tour of Ranelagh where Irish writer Maeve Brennan lived until she moved to New York, aged 17.

Maeve Brennan was an Irish writer who wrote for the New Yorker magazine. She was not widely known in Ireland because her career was in New York. Many of her short stories are based in Ranelagh and the walk will focus on the sites of these stories with extracts from them. Cherryfield Avenue where she lived is the main focus of the walk. Join us and enjoy her descriptions of Ranelagh life.

Sat 25th / Sun 26th September, 14:00 

Sandford Church,
Ranelagh, Dublin 6


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