Cúirt International Festival of Literature in association with Galway 2020 present

Ceiliúradh Eilís Dillon: Language, Legacy & Landscape

Galway Public Libraries
DATE 1 October 2020 7pm - 8pm
CREDITS Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin, Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin

2020 marks the centenary year of one of the West of Ireland’s most versatile writers, Eilís Dillon.

Aaron Burden

Galway Public Libraries and Cúirt International Festival of Literature will host a special event celebrating Eilís Dillon. This will launch a month-long series of events exploring Dillon’s life and work as part of Galway’s Great Read which takes place in November.

This online event will see celebrated poet, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, and author and translator, Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin – Eilís Dillon’s children – read from some of Dillon’s most famous books. Léan Ní Chuilleanáin, Eilís granddaughter, will be joined in a musical tribute by musicians Roisin Mannion and Emily Greaney.

A panel discussion between Eiléan, Cormac and Tom Kennedy will be facilitated by Des Kenny of Kenny’s Bookshop.


Eilís Dillon was born in Galway in 1920. Her career as a writer spanned more than five decades during which she wrote prolifically and was widely published in both English and the Irish language. Her stories for children have been widely acclaimed and her writing for adults includes literary, historical and crime fiction, as well as autobiography. In her lifetime, she was a member of Aosdána, The Arts Council of Ireland, The Irish Writers’ Union, The Irish Writers’ Centre, PEN and the Irish Children’s Book Trust. In addition, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature and received an honorary doctorate from University College, Cork.

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin was born in Cork City in 1942, educated there and at Oxford before spending her working life as an academic in Trinity College, Dublin. She has published eleven collections of poetry and has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Irish Times Award for Poetry, the O’Shaughnessy Award of the Irish-American Cultural Institute, and the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is a Fellow and Professor of English (Emerita) at Trinity College, Dublin and a member of Aosdána.