Hinterland presents...
Tailteann: a celebration of sport and sportswriting

A collaboration with Creative Ireland

1-2 December, Kells Theatre

Join us for two days of discussion, profile interviews, and lectures from the world of Irish sport - including GAA, Rugby, Soccer, Cycling, Rowing, Equestrian and Motor Racing.

Taking part will be RTE commentator George Hamilton, journalist and biographer Paul Kimmage, motor racing and early feminist icon Rosemary Smith, President of the Olympic Federation of Ireland Sarah Keane, Olympic rowing finalists Sinead and Sam Lynch, Rugby international Alison Miller, two-time All Ireland Football medal winner Sinead Finnegan, soccer writer and journalist Alan Gernon, Eventing star Sarah Ennis, sports PR guru Sarah O'Connor, Meath Chronicle sportswriter Jimmy Geoghegan, and Irish Women's hockey coach Colin Stewart.

The Booking office is now open in the BOOK MARKet Café on Market Street, or book online


Video: Meath Daily

Video: Noel Shine

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‘I loved every single second … I truly did. It was all so beautifully organised, one lovely person after another.’ Ally Bunbury
‘Thank you for hosting me with such charm and generosity.’ Peter Frankopan
‘In a short time you’ve put on a very prestigious festival.’ Danny Morrison
‘It was a superbly organised event with a wonderful atmosphere - a total pleasure for us to be there. We were so warmly welcomed from the moment we arrived and felt very looked after.’ Mary-Elaine Tynan
‘It was a real pleasure to be in Kells for the festival and there really was an amazing buzz about the place.’ Dermot Bulger
‘The @HinterlandKells festival was great. Loved my own event. Wanted to hang around longer. Met great authors. How a festival should be.’ Shane Hegarty on Twitter
What kind and friendly folk the people of Kells are. I was invited to do an event at the Hinterland Festival and the lovely Helen and I were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived at 'The Green Room' at the BookMarket, Kells. Such a gorgeous café and book shop. A big thanks to Jess, Trish, Penny and Annie. There was a great turnout for me in Kells Theatre where I was interviewed by the delightful Georgina Godwin. Then a terrific signing organised by the indefatigable Antonia from Antonia’s Bookstore in Trim. I met an old friend, Fiona Halton who introduced me to her lovely mother, Kitty and her brother, Cathal, who wouldn't let me leave their amazing shop and off-licence, McEntee’s Off Licence, without the gift of a scrumptious home-made coffee cake and rhubarb tart. (I shared with Helen). Patricia Scanlan on Facebook