Bealtaine Festival 2019

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Established in 1995, Bealtaine is Ireland’s National festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The Bealtaine Festival takes place across Ireland each May and is co-ordinated by ‘Age & Opportunity’ the national organisation which promotes active and engaged living as we get older.

Throughout the month of May, Waterford City and County Libraries will run a diverse programme of events across it’s 12 library branches in the city and county. This year the programme features a mix of everything from literature, poetry, arts, music, creative writing, personal development to a cinema club!

All events are free of charge (though booking is essential) and are about “feeling good as we age”. There are also a number of intergenerational events suitable for all such as Grandparent story time in Brown’s Road Library, a weaving workshop in Dungarvan Library and heritage walks in Tramore and Portlaw.

One event not to be missed is the Dawn Chorus at Dunmore East Library on Sunday 12 May, where the festival will be celebrated in the beautiful grounds of the Dunmore East Library from 8:00am. The Bealtaine Choir, led by Ann Woodward and Margaret Brooks will feature 100 voices singing in unison to greet the dawn.

The Bealtaine Festival at Waterford City and County Libraries will come to an end on Wednesday 5 June in Central Library with a special celebration featuring an Afternoon Chorus, spoken word performances and an exhibition of art produced during the festival.

View Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Festival Programme Now

All our events are free but places are limited so booking is essential with each Library Branch or contact:

Jennifer Loughran, Waterford Libraries Bealtaine Co-Ordinator on:
0761 102755 or

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