ECHOES Festival


30th september – 2nd october 2022

Echoes – Maeve Binchy & Irish Writers Festival

Founded in 2017, ECHOES proudly celebrates the life and work of Maeve Binchy and Irish writers. One of Ireland’s best loved and most renowned authors, the huge international reach of Maeve’s writing can be seen in the translation of her work into more than forty languages. Directed by Margaret Dunne, ECHOES is programmed and hosted by Dalkey Castle, in collaboration with Maeve’s husband, Gordon Snell in Maeve’s adored hometown of Dalkey. The Festival celebrates Maeve’s writing and legacy alongside the best of contemporary Irish writing.

1. EVENTS - Echoes
EVENTS - ECHOES - Aches & Pains


Festival Friday

ECHOES opens on the Friday evening of the festival weekend with a performance of some of Maeve’s work, followed by a post-show discussion.
Maeve’s award-winning play Deeply Regretted By….was based on a real life story that she wrote about in the Irish Times.
The late Shay Linehan’s sensitive, laugh-out-loud, adaptation of Maeve’s Aches and Pains has featured in the past. From baring your body in a nudist resort to finding new things to do when getting old, it’s Maeve at her hilarious best!


guided walk

Marvellously Maeve

Enjoy an exclusive immersion in the life and times of world-famous author Maeve Binchy in her adored hometown of Dalkey. With our knowledgeable guides, begin in the Writers’ Gallery with a video of Maeve talking about her writing. “I thought everyone came from a place like this…until we went to see the world and discovered we were spoiled rotten”. Hear the story of the Gordon Snell rose.  Quench your thirst afterwards in the Queens next door.

EVENTS - Marvellously Maeve Guided Walk Group
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Directions & Transport

Dalkey is on the coast, just south of Dublin City Centre. The DART journey is a relaxing experience travelling along the beautiful coast line with magnificent sea views.

Dalkey is approx. 30-35 minutes from Connolly, Tara or Pearse stations (travelling south).

Dalkey Castle postcode for Google Maps is A96 DE61.


Opening Times

We are open six days a week, all year round.
Closed every Tuesday.

January - May & September - December

Monday to Friday: 10.00 - 17.30
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 11.00 - 17.30

June, July & August

Monday to Friday: 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 11.00 - 18.00

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Tickets & Info

ADULTS €13.95*


CHILD (4-12 YEARS) €10.50*


*Plus Booking Fees


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