ECHOES Festival


4th – 6th october 2024

Echoes – Maeve Binchy Literary Festival

Celebrate the life & work of Maeve Binchy & other writers with us.

Programme details for 2024 to follow.

2023 programme:

Friday 6th October: 19.30pm – Maeve Binchy’s End of Term

End of Term will have a Rehearsed Reading directed by Conall Morrisson featuring a stellar cast.  The action is centred on three teachers whose lives threaten to be exposed by a devious schoolgirl.

Talkback after the performance featuring cast members and actor/novelist, and friend of Maeve Binchy, Claudia Carroll, will be moderated by Gillian Binchy. BOOKED OUT NOW

Saturday 7th October: 09.30-17.00pm – Together We Rise… a day of conversations and readings featuring: Francis Brennan, Catherine Ryan Howard, Edel Coffey, Emer McLysaght, Donal Fallon, Clodagh Finn, Nicola Tallant, Jim Culleton, Dominic Dromgoole, Karina Molloy, Maeve O’Rourke, Ian Robertson, Katie Hannon, Neil Hegarty, Caroline Erskine, Madeleine Keane, Lia Mills, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Andrew Hughes, Niall MacMonagle, Oliver Callan, Sarah Binchy and Gordon Snell.  Readings from Maeve’s work by Deirdre O’Kane & Lise-Ann McLaughlin.


Sunday 8th October: 11.00am -12.30pm – Marvellously Maeve Guided Walk from Dalkey Castle. Readings and refreshments. Numbers limited. BOOKED OUT NOW

Click on Programme below to see all event details.

Echoes Festival, Maeve Binchy and other Irish Writers, Dalkey Castle, Dalkey, Dublin. Ireland
Gordon Snell at Aches and Pains dramatisation Dalkey Castle, Dublin, Ireland as part of Maeve Binchy ECHOES Festival


Festival Friday

ECHOES opens on Friday evening of the festival weekend with a performance of some of Maeve’s work, followed by a post-show discussion.

For 2023, we are delighted to announce a Rehearsed Reading of Maeve’s first stage play “End of Term“, directed by Conall Morrison, with a stellar cast. This will be followed by a lively post-show discussion.


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.

Begin in the Writers’ Gallery with our knowledgeable guides & 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.

Maeve Binchy Guided Walk Group Echoes Festival, Dalkey Castle, Dublin, Ireland
map of ireland with dalkey location as map marker

Directions & Transport

Dalkey is on some of the most stunning coastline, with a mountainous backdrop, just south of Dublin City Centre, en route to Co. Wicklow.

Aside from by car, the quickest way to reach the Castle is by DART. The DART journey is a relaxing experience travelling along the beautiful coastline with magnificent sea views. Dalkey is approx. 30 minutes from Dublin's Connolly, Tara or Pearse stations (travelling south). Turn right on exiting Dalkey train station.

Dalkey is on the Aircoach route to/from Dublin Airport. From Dublin City Centre, a number of local bus options are also available. Paid parking and coach parking are available nearby.

Dalkey Castle postcode for Google Maps is A96 DE61.

Actor on Living History Tour, Dalkey Castle, Dublin, Ireland

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

Tickets & Info

Tickets for Living History Tour encompass fully guided tour of 14th Century Townhouse Castle, 10th Century Early Christian Church & Graveyard, Modern Writers' Gallery & Heritage Centre with interactive screens & scale models. Dalkey Castle, where costumed actors bring history to life.



CHILD (4-12 YEARS) €10.50

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