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WARDENS OF SKELLIG MICHAEL with Catherine Merrigan & Robert L. Harris

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Skellig Michael with Catherine Merrigan & Robert L. Harris chaired by Deanna O'Connor

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On the edge of Europe, off the Kerry coastline, lie the Skellig Islands, two inhospitable rocky outcrops, only one of which is accessible to humans. Skellig Michael has, over centuries, inspired devoted pilgrims to search it out. First came the monks, building tiny stone cells and living a life of solitude and contemplation in harsh conditions. Then much later, pilgrims of a different kind, with their devotion to the Star Wars movies, wanting to see the fantastical backdrop which served as a setting in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Every year, guides are employed to live on the island during the summer season, to welcome tourists and show them around this UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a tough but rewarding job.

Dingle Peninsula resident Catherine Merrigan has been travelling to work Skellig Michael for the last 20 years, spending every summer, except for during the pandemic in 2020, on the spectacular rocky island off the Iveragh Peninsula. When the island was closed to visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, she gathered years of diaries and photographs and took advantage of time to reflect and write about the unique experiences of her summers. Last year Catherine Merrigan released “Living Among the Puffins on Skellig Michael”, a memoir recounting her life on the island, along with beautiful original photography. This year, another warden of the Skellig, Robert L. Harris, has brought out a book detailing his experiences on the mystical isle off the Kerry Coast, entitled, "Returning Light: 30 Years of Life on Skellig Michael”. Dingle Lit is delighted to bring together these two people who have shared the extraordinary experience of living parts of their lives on the Skellig, to compare their perspectives and thoughts on the solitude, spirituality and ecology of this very special place.

This event will be chaired by Deanna O'Connor

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This event will take place within the government public health restrictions and guidelines of the day. Please be aware that this may include a requirement that attendees are fully vaccinated and/or to wearing a mask. If that this the case, we will require you to show your vaccination cert at the door.

Entry to the venues may be conditional on public health guidelines at the time of the performance, and not at the time of ticket purchase. Any changes to entry requirements will be communicated via email in advance.

The health and safety of everyone taking part in the festival is our priority, including volunteers, authors, audience members, and the public. The festival committee will take all the precautions necessary to make sure the festival is run safely.

Events may be subject to change depending on the latest current public health advice.

Refunds will only be offered if the event is cancelled.


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The Dingle Literary Festival brings together readers of all interests with writers of local,
national and international standing. The festival inspires readers to read and writers to write.
Events happen, in both Irish and English, across Corca Dhuibhne, an established creative
landscape on the Wild Atlantic Way. The festival includes writer's workshops so emerging
writers can hone their skills and activities aimed at children, the readers and writers of the
future.

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