The 14th annual Éigse Michael Hartnett Festival is one of County Limerick's most prestigious literary and arts weekends.

Continuing in this celebratory spirit of the rich creative breath, this year's programme assembles leading poets, writers and thinkers jostling with musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers: what Michael Hartnett termed 'the harp side of the Irish coin'.

Events that are bound to enthuse, stimulate, inspire, and occasionally bemuse, celebrate the literary and oral legacy of Michael Hartnett, the poet and man. Hosted throughout the town of Newcastle West, in the library, schools, the courthouse, church, hospital and pubs, the programme creates an ambience of warmth and conviviality that lends itself to lively gatherings, easy conversation and spirited debate.