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Upcoming Events | Day of the Unexplained Convention

Front cover of Drowned-Out Voices by GhostÉire

Day of the Unexplained

– Irish Paranormal Convention, 18 February 2023, New Ross, Co. Wexford –

Some of the biggest names in the paranormal community will descend on New Ross, Co. Wexford for an Irish paranormal convention to be held in St Michael’s Theatre on 18 February 2023.

The Day of the Unexplained convention is the brainchild of Anthony Joseph Kerrigan from GhostÉire and local resident, Mary Nolan from Back In Time Paranormal Investigators. Both Anthony and Mary, having many years of experience in the field of paranormal investigating, felt that a one day convention, where like minded individuals could meet up, network and explore all things paranormal was much needed.

“It is the bringing together of the paranormal and spiritual community,” says Mary, “an opportunity to hear about our haunted history, ghost stories, witchcraft and even UFOs. Have you ever had that burning desire to know more about something unexplained but didn’t know where to go or who to ask? The Day of the Unexplained has been created for open discussions on spirits, ghosts, paranormal, crystals, supernatural, hauntings, histories, aliens, witchcraft and UFO’s. There really is something here for everyone.”

Throughout the one-day event, the audience will get to hear a diverse line up of speakers, who are more than happy to talk about and share accounts of investigations and personal experiences. Here they will impart their knowledge with the opportunity for a Q&A session after each speaker.

Whether you are an armchair enthusiast and hobbyist or a first-hand experiencer, there is genuinely something here for all. There will be psychics and mediums on hand during the day for private readings, along with an array of paranormal equipment, books, crystals and other merchandise available to purchase. Tickets are on sale from the venue’s website.

Anthony Kerrigan, together with Sinead Houlihan and Jenifer Kerrigan, is co-author of two books on paranormal investigations conducted by GhostÉire, the paranormal research group that he is part of. The Rising of Haunted Ireland (2016) and Drowned-Out Voices (2022) are published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.

A podcast of an interview with author and ghostbuster, Sinead Houlihan is available from the website of Irish Radio Canada.

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Upcoming Events | SiarScéal Festival 2022

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SiarScéal Festival 2022

– including the Hanna Greally Literary Awards –

Saturday, 12 November is the date that has been announced for SiarScéal Festival 2022, which takes place at Roscommon County Library HQ, starting 10am. Details of the festival, including the full programme of events, have been posted to the festival website.

The Hanna Greally Literary Awards will be announced on the day, with a prize fund totalling €600 to be given out in cash prizes. Entries are still being accepted and the closing date is Friday, 14 October.

Entry is free but limited to one per person and may consist of poetry or prose but, should be on the theme of the competition, which is Sunlit Mornings, Ebbing Tides.

Full details, including terms and conditions and how to enter can be found on the SiarScéal website. Winners will be announced and, prizes presented at the festival in November.

SiarScéal Festival (with the associated Hanna Greally Literary Awards) has been taking place annually, in Roscommon, since 2007. The festival draws its inspiration from unique culture and heritage of the Roscommon environs, together with the regional counties of Leitrim and Sligo. Further information about SiarScéal, including how you can get involved and support their work, is available from their website.

Publications sponsored by SiarScéal, reflecting the array of talent that the festival has attracted over the years, are on sale and available to buy online from this website.

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Book Launch: The Joys of a Second Rattle at Life by William Tiernan

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The Joys of a Second Rattle at Life by William Tiernan

– the author’s third collection of poetry to be launched on Saturday, 8 October

The Father Flanagan Community Centre in Ballymoe, Co. Galway is the venue for the launch, this Saturday, of local author, William Tiernan’s third collection of poetry, The Joys of a Second Rattle at Life, arguably his most ambitious to date.

Whether addressing himself to issues such as pandemics or the war in Ukraine, to more universal themes of redemption and rebirth, battles of the body and the bullying of the mind, Tiernan’s observations go straight to the human heart, breaking down the distance between what is right from what is wrong, conveying it all in his unique and inimitable lyrical style.

William Tiernan is a poet and author who resides in rural Galway, close to the Roscommon border. His writings reflect his personal experiences and convictions as well as strong ties to the community in which he lives, his identification with the place where he grew up. These impressions are particularly reflected in his first two volumes of his poetry: Greetings from Guilka, Ballymoe (2016) and Bluesy Ballymoe (2018). In 2014, he was National Winner in the poetry category at the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards, organised as part of the annual SiarScéal Festival in Co. Roscommon.

The Joys of a Second Rattle at Life by William Tiernan is published under the imprint of The Manuscript Publisher and available to buy online, along with other books by the author. Signed copies will also be on sale at the book’s launch, to take place on Saturday, 8 October at the Father Flanagan Community Centre, Ballymoe, Co. Galway starting 8pm.

Important Announcement

The launch, due to take place today (Saturday, 8 October) of William Tiernan’s book, The Joys of a Second Rattle at Life, has had to be postponed due to a bereavement. A new date, not too far into the future, will be set however, with details posted here as soon as we have them to hand.

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