Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Immrama Events Hosted at the Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is pleasantly anticipating playing host to some wonderful events this weekend as part of the eighth annual Immrama festival of travel writing.

The inaugural event of Immrama 2010 will take place in the Courthouse Theatre this evening Thursday 10th June. "Who is Dervla Murphy?" is a documentary by Mixed Bag Media on Lismore's own enigmatic travel writing legend. The premiere of the new documentary, commissioned by the Arts Office of Waterford County Council, is an invitation only event. However due to extraordinary public interest in the production there will be two screenings of the documentary on Sunday 13th June. "Who is Dervla Murphy?" will be shown at 1.00pm and 3.00pm in the Heritage Centre cinema. Places are available for the 3.00pm showing, seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Friday 11th June will herald the start of the festival proper. Pico Iyer will speak in the Courthouse Theatre at 8.00pm. Pico Iyer is the Etonian Oxford-graduate who wrote of thirty years of travels with the Dalai Lama in The Open Road . A self-pronounced "global village on two legs" the author of "Video Night in Kathmandu" whose essays regularly appear in Time, the Financial Times and National Geographic is also the man to whom Leonard Cohen entrusts the composition of the liner notes for his albums. Immrama may be proud that it has some new experiences to offer this worldwide traveller; Pico's appearance at Immrama affords him the opportunity to meet Jan Morris- one of the travel writers whose work he would recommend others, who reads at Immrama on Sunday evening- and also represents his first visit to Ireland. Tickets to Pico Iyer cost €15.00 and are available on 058-54975.

On Saturday 12th June at 11.00am former County Librarian Donald Brady will speak about The Boyle Women in the Heritage Centre. Mr. Brady's presentations on various aspects of his research have become an immensely popular feature of the Immrama programme. Richard Boyle purchased Lismore Castle from the imprisoned Sir Walter Raleigh in 1602. The Castle remained with the Boyle family until it passed to its present owners the Cavendish Family in 1753. While Richard's appointment as Lord High Treasurer of Ireland and first Earl of Cork and his youngest son Robert's scientific genius have ensured that the male members of the family have secured schoolbook immortality, Donald Brady's presentation promises to shed light on the lesser known relations- the ladies of the family. Admission to Mr Brady's lecture is free and also on a first come, first served basis

If you require further information about these or any other Immrama events please visit or call 058-54975.


  1. Looking forward to the weekend! We'll all be wrecked but it'll be worth it!