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.

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, 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.
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 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.


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.