Bealtaine Festival 2014


Celebrate spring throughout the month of May, as Dublin City Council launches its Bealtaine Festival programme for 2014.

This year’s theme is “And catch the heart off guard”, which is taken from Seamus Heaney’s poem “Postscript”.

The programme for Dublin City has been put together by the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin City Council’s Arts Office and Dublin City Public Libraries, and is aimed in particular at people who are over the age 50.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn said: “Dublin City Council’s Bealtaine Festival programme is an invigorating programme with so much of the arts on offer, from the Bealtaine Film Tour of ‘Quartet’ and ‘High Society’ to the voices of the ‘St. Agnes’ Parents String Orchestra’ and much more. This year’s festival theme ‘And catch the heart off guard’ from the late Séamus Heaney’s poem Postcript ties in beautifully with Bealtaine which catches the hearts of all involved. Don’t miss this electric festival”.

Local art groups have their work on display in Pearse Street Library until the 22nd of May as part of the Bealtaine Art Exhibitions, and CoisCéim Broadreach’s LOVE SONG and DANCE, a drop-in dance class and performance project for over 50s, is running in Irishtown Stadium on the 13th, 20th and 27th of May from 2.30pm to 3.45pm. On the 28th of May, Anthony Jordan will be giving a talk based on his book “Arthur Griffith with James Joyce & WB Yeats” in Pembroke Library at 1pm.

Booking is recommended for most events. You can find further details and the full programme of events around Dublin City at

By Aimée Mac Leod