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Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

A New Festival for Carlow Town – Féile na Beatha: From Hurt to Healing to Spirituality – March 21st-25th

People in Carlow, and visitors from far and wide, are invited to a brand-new festival, ‘Féile na Beatha: From Hurt to Healing to Sustainability’, from March 21st through 25th.

The Féile, coinciding with the Spring Equinox, will see a number of new events along with the signature Famine Walk, which Afri and IT Carlow have organised annually for more than seven years.

A Collaborative Art Project on An Gorta Mór including artwork from local artist Jim Donnelly, members of the Irish Wheelchair Association Carlow, and students of IT Carlow, will be on display throughout the Féile (21-25 March) in the IT Carlow’s Haughton Building.

The Famine Walk on Wednesday 23rd will begin at 12 noon from IT Carlow and finish in the Famine Graveyard on Green Road. A number of appropriate trees will also be planted to mark National Tree Week. Speakers will include local historian John Kelly and Joe Murray, Coordinator of the peace and justice organisation Afri.

In the evening there will be a Public Lecture ‘An Gorta Mór in Carlow’ by Dr. Regina Donlon at 7 pm in the Haughton Building at IT Carlow.

Féile na Beatha has come about through the collaboration of Afri, Fr. Martin Smith and Dr. Denise Lyons of IT Carlow; Janette O’Brien of Carlow County Council; Rev David White of the Church of Ireland in Carlow and Stephanie McDermott of Carlow College.

Further information from Joe at