The Bards are Back in Town: Open Mic Night with Máire Holmes

Máire Holmes – looking forward to meeting her workshop writers at the Ivy Leaf on Friday night from 7-30pm.

Máire Holmes will finish off her hugely successful residency with Kerry County Council with an open mic night at the Ivy Leaf Theatre here in Castleisland on Friday night, October 23rd at 7.30pm.

Máire Holmes is Kerry County Council writer in residence and her work was co-funded by the Arts Council.

“The enthusiasm and earnestness was astounding,” said Máire of the people she met during her residency.

“The resonance from creative work was profound. I hope many of the people who attended workshops and mentoring sessions will come on the night and read from their work,” she said.

Máire held workshops at libraries across the county during her residency; she also visited schools and met with writers’ groups and individual writers during mentoring sessions.

The open mic night at the Ivy Leaf Theatre promises to be a relaxed and enjoyable evening that aims to give writers from all over the county, of all ages and styles, a chance to meet and read their work to a warm and appreciative audience.

The event is free and there will be refreshments served on the night.

“I particularly want to thank the Ivy Leaf Theatre for accommodating us,’ says Máire. ‘I launched the Kerry Drama Festival at the theatre in March and it was a great night that showcased what an amenity the theatre is to the community,” said Máire.

The Bards Are Back In Town: Open Mic Night with Máire Holmes takes place at the Ivyleaf Theatre, Castleisland on Friday 23rd October at 7.30pm. Entry is free and all are welcome. Registration for the open mic will be at 7.30pm on the night.

A reminder to the writers and visitors to the event that the town around the theatre will be buzzing with the music of the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival in all of the pubs when their business is done.

For more information please contact Kerry County Council Arts Office at or 066 71 83541.

Anyone seeking information on the Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival can find it here: