ECHOES Festival


6th – 8th october 2023

Echoes – Maeve Binchy & Irish Writers Festival

Celebrate the life & work of Maeve Binchy with us.

One of Ireland’s best loved & 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 & 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. Previous guest speakers include Lenny Abrahamson, Roddy Doyle, Martina Devlin, Paul Howard & Joseph O’Connor.

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 2022, we were delighted to stage the one-person version of Maeve’s ‘Minding Frankie’, adapted by Shay Linehan. This was followed by ‘The Joys of Recording Maeve’ by Kevin Reynolds (Series Producer of ‘Drama on One’, RTE Radio One).

Kevin was the commissioning editor for many of Maeve’s radio plays and was on hand during some of her most famous interviews.


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

ADULTS €13.95*


CHILD (4-12 YEARS) €10.50*


*Plus Booking Fees


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