Féile Fidelma 2017

Féile Fidelma 2017

The committee of Cashel Arts Festival is delighted to announce the sixth Féile Fidelma- an international gathering of fans of Peter Tremayne's Sr Fidelma mysteries and those interested in 7th Century Ireland. The Féile will take place from Friday September 8th until Sunday September 10th 2017 in Cashel.

Please scroll down the page for the registration link- point 3.


The venue for the sixth Féile Fidelma will be Brú Ború Cultural Centre which is located at the foot Rock of Cashel. The venue is located about a five to ten minute walk from the centre of Cashel Town. The opening of the Féile on the Friday evening will take place in The Rock of Cashel which is adjacent to the Brú Ború Cultural Centre.

2. Programme of Events and Speakers

Friday, 8th September 2017:

6.30pm-8.00pm: Registration, wine reception and the official opening of the sixth Féile Fidelma by Mr Seán Canney TD, former Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief.

8.00pm-9.00pm:  The Origin of the Irish: Pseudo-History?- An evening with Peter Tremayne chaired by David R. Wooten.

Saturday, 9th September 2017:

9.30am-10.30am: 'Hello Dálaigh – The Sister Fidelma Mysteries'- Professor Nancy Marck Cantwell, chair of English, Daemen College, Amherst, New York

10.30am-11.30am: ‘Scripting Fidelma’ – TV scriptwriter Marteinn Thorisson

11.30am-12.00pm: Tea/Coffee & Scones

12.00pm-12.30pm:  'The New Fidelma Graphic Novel' – presented by Hans van den Boom of De Leeskamer.

12.30pm-1.00pm: ‘Knockgraffon -  The Fidelma Connection’ – Peter Tremayne prepares you for the afternoon excursion.

2.30pm-5.30pm (approx): Coach Excursion to Knockgraffon –historical and artificial mound which was said to be the ritual installation place of the Eóghanacht Kings of Munster before Cashel became the capital in the 3rd Century AD.

From 7.00pm: Assemble for dinner in Brú Ború

7.30pm-9.30pm: Gala Dinner with readings from the Fidelma novels by Caroline Lennon (‘The Voice of Fidelma’ who has recorded all the Fidelma novels on Audio Books.) Please advise us in advance if you have any specific dietary requirements for the gala dinner.

Sunday, 10th September:

10.00am-11.00am:  'Looking for Fidelma’s Cashel-The Eóganacht Dynasty and the geo-phys survey of The Rock of Cashel'- Dr Patrick Gleeson (University of Newcastle)

11.00am-11.30am: Tea/Coffee & Scones

11.30am-12.30pm: 'The Myths and Legends relating to the Plain of Femen (the Cashel area)'- Dr Kevin Murray (University College Cork)

12.30pm:  'The Féile and International Sister Fidelma Society; Past and Future'’- David R. Wooten, director and editor of The Brehon.

This will be followed by a review of the weekend and official closing.

3. Registration

Weekend registration will be €190 with a €20 discount for those who register on or before May 1st 2017 (this reduction has now ceased). The registration fee covers the opening reception, a special registration pack with a souvenir booklet produced by the International Sr Fidelma Society, all lectures, talks, workshops and trips, tea/coffee breaks and the gala dinner. Day rates are also available on request.
Register below now (please note you do not need a paypal account to register) :

4. Fringe Programme of Events

Please indicate when registering if you wish to partake in the fringe programme of events as they will be arranged subject to interest.

Thursday, 7th September

For early arrivals in Cashel, there will be a meet and greet in a Cashel pub where one can enjoy traditional Irish music, a pub quiz about the Fidelma books and some other surprises.

Friday, 8th September

Morning: For those who express interest, an outing to Holy Cross, a 12th Century Cistercian Abbey. Depending on interest, an extra charge will be made for transport and a guided tour.

Afternoon: Seán Laffey will conduct a ‘Scriptorium’, an interactive workshop where one will have the opportunity to recreate some of the manuscript techniques of Fidelma’s day.

Sunday, 10th September

Afternoon: attendees remaining are free to visit The Rock or tour Cashel town.

Evening: it has been a tradition that those still in the town will gather for a meal in the evening at individual expense.

Monday, 11th September

Anyone still in the town or awaiting transport late in the day can opt for a guided walking tour of Cashel subject to interest.

Please let us know in advance if you are interested in any of the above as they will only be offered subject to interest.

5. About Féile Fidelma

FéilFéile Fidelma 2014e Fidelma is a bi-annual weekend centred around the Sr Fidelma mysteries by the author Peter Tremayne. The Sr Fidelma mysteries are set mainly in Ireland during the mid-seventh century AD. Sr Fidelma is not simply a religieuse, a former member of the community of St Brigid of Kildare. She is also a qualified dálaigh, or advocate of the ancient law courts of Ireland. The series has appeared in 18 languages. The full series is available in Cashel Library, Cashel Heritage Centre and in bookshops nationwide. More information on the series can be found on www.sisterfidelma.com.

'Fiction and Fact’ was the theme of the 5th Bi-Annual Féile Fidelma which took place from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014. Organised by a sub-committee of Cashel Arts Festival, fans of the series travelled from 13 countries including Argentina, Norway, Australia and the Czech Republic for a weekend of talks, visits and entertainment. The weekend was formally opened by Tipperary’s Alan Kelly, TD, Minister for the Environment.

6.About Cashel

Cashel is a heritage town located on the M8 motorway in County Tipperary which is famous for the ancient and iconic Rock of Cashel. www.cashel.ie has further information about the town.

7. Getting here

Bus; There is a regular bus service that runs from Dublin to Cork and Cashel is on this route.  http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1344593728-X8.pdf

Train; The nearest stations are Thurles (From Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Kerry) or Clonmel (from Limerick or Waterford). Check out www.irishrail.ie for more details.

Airports: Registrants travelling from abroad have a choice of three airports- Dublin, Cork or Shannon. Dublin and Cork airports have regular bus services to Cashel.

Car: Registrants also have the option of leasing a car from any of the three main airports. Cashel is located on the M8 Dublin-Cork motorway.

8. Accommodation

There is a good variety of guest houses and b&bs located in the town and within the vicinity of the town. Www.cashel.ie has more information on these. We recommend the Sister Fidelma B&B/ Brúden Fidelma to registrants. If you are having difficulty deciding where to stay please contact us.

9. Visitor Info

Cashel has the most iconic skyline of any town in Ireland.

Now home to more than 3000 inhabitants, it was once the seat of power for the High Kings of Munster, the southern province of Ireland.

St Patrick’s Rock in Cashel was the situation for this royal seat. According to legend, Aonghus of the Eoganacht, King of Munster, was baptised here by St Patrick in the 5th Century AD. The site later served an ecclesiastical purpose when it was handed over to the Church by Muircheartach O’Brien in 1101.

Cashel is now a small but bustling town with a rich heritage. A captivating sense of history echoes through the buildings and lanes and streets around the town. Due to its location in the rich, fertile countryside of the Golden Vale, Cashel has always had a sense of energy through the farmers and traders who focus their business here. There are also a number of charming pubs and shops as well as a good choice of cafes and restaurants.

It is well worth staying in Cashel during the Féile Fidelma. There is a wide range of accommodation on offer, details of which are supplied on www.cashel.ie or by the Heritage Centre located on the Main Plaza in the centre of the town.

Cashel Heritage Centre and Tourist Information:

Open: November-February 9.30-17.30 Monday- Friday
February- November  9.30-17.30 Monday-Sunday.

10. Other queries

For any other queries relating to the town or travelling to Cashel please do not hesitate in contacting us. We are glad to assist in whatever way we can.