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The (very) minor miracle that was Hinterland 2021 has come and gone. The miraculous nature of its belated appearance is that it even happened at all. Had the timing of this year’s event not been so fortuitously perfect (thanks Bill!) it would have been very different, mostly under canvas and before smaller audiences. But the change in government Covid regulations, starting from 6 September, meant that more people could enjoy the excellent programme.
Packed houses (at least Covid-era ‘packed’) laughed along with the hilarious Marian Keyes, basked in the warmth and positivity of Professor Luke O’Neill and hissed at the notion of Charles O’Carroll Kelly, scion of the redoubtable Ross and creation of Paul Howard, becoming Taoiseach and gifting the Book of Kells to Vladimir Putin. Thanks to all our amazing guests who kept us enthralled and entertained over the four days of the festival.
Thanks to all our volunteers – the superlatives have been exhausted by now, just like these warriors themselves – for keeping the show on the road. Thanks to John and Brian in the Kells Theatre and Paul, Chris and Bridget in Eureka. Thanks to Hugh Morris, Simon and the Eureka staff for their help and patience. Thanks to Gerardette Bailey of the Meath County Council Arts office for all her work and for the ‘lend’ of Aisling. A disproportionate hanks to Ger and Heather, our two inspiring Hinterland mammies and to Dee for getting the word out. And, above all, thanks to you, our supporters, the people who keep the festival going with their sponsorship and patronage, who put their hands in their pockets to offer us help and to buy tickets to our events.
See you all next June – assuming the fates align. – Put the dates in your diary. Hinterland 2022 23-26 June.