WHO WE ARE

Colm Toibín
Colm Toibín
President

Colm Toibín, has been President of Listowel Writers’ Week for as long as we can remember.  World renowned author of over 15 Novels, he has also written short story collections, plays, essays and poetry.  He has been shortlisted for the Booker prize several times and won the Costa Novel Award for his novel Brooklyn which went on to become an Oscar nominated film starring Saoirse Ronan.  His latest book is ‘Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, the Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce’. Colm is a Wexford man and in all his time as President, he has never said no to our invitations. He always turns up on time and is a great hugger …

Catherine Moylan
Catherine Moylan
Chairperson

Catherine is born and bred Listowel and as she says herself, she is a “child of Listowel Writers’ Week”. She is a senior lecturer in the IT College in Tralee, an avid golfer, hill climber and a worldwide city breaker! Catherine is super organised and has a fetish for notebooks and lists and is currently pulling down her house to build it back up again. If you want a film, tv or gig recommendation, Catherine is your woman, she is our fountain of knowledge.

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Sharon Hartnett
Programme + Marketing Manager

Sharon’s ideal world is full of innovative businesses and creative people engaging in a fun and friendly way. She is a marketing fanatic and gets a thrill out of seeing a good idea come together. When she switches off from her work you’ll find her cooking up a storm of a meal, designing another interior space or soaking up the air and sunshine on the #WildAtlanticWay at Ballybunion Beach. For more relaxing days a good book must come bundled with a comfy chair, yummy chocolate and a warm cuppa! Her favourite quote is by Charles Dickens: “Never say never” because you just don’t know what might happen, as she believes that everything is possible!

Eilish Wren
Eilish Wren
Sponsorship + Patronage

The aptly named Ms Wren is the little tweety bird of our office. While the rest of us munch through biscuits by the bucket, not stylish Eilish, she opts for a corner or half of anything edible. We are in awe! She elevates the office glamour status with a different jacket for every day of the week, a bag for every occasion and the social graces of a beautiful butterfly. Eilish looks after our beloved patrons and sponsors and if there are funds to be eeked, she is the queen of eeking!

Sinead McDonell
Sinead McDonnell
Competitions + Workshops

Sinead McDonnell is still the ‘newbie’ in the office despite sweeping us off our feet nearly a while ago now. A ‘nut butter’ connoisseur who has introduced the office to falafels, recycling and eating at least once an hour! Ms ‘Febreeze’ is a proud Cork woman (they are taking over the asylum!) and mother to Liam and Lily. Nothing is a bother to Sinead as she lightens the festival load from the rest of us with a big smiley head. She looks after workshops and creative writing competitions for Listowel Writers’ Week. She had a modest obsession about her Dunnes Stores vouchers for some time, but things have settled somewhat.

We are smitten.

Voluntary Festival Committee

Board of Directors: David Browne, Elizabeth Dunn, Michael Lynch, Sean Lyons, Joanna O’Flynn, Madeleine O’Sullivan, Rose Wall, Catherine Moylan, Eamonn Dillon

Patrick Boland
Joan Byrne
Bernie Carmody
Vincent Carmody
Mary Cogan
Mairead Costelloe
James Dunn
Marie Eaton
Annette Fitzgerald
Fiona Flavin
Bernie Grimes

Anne Keane
Noel Keenan
Victoria Kennefick
Maria Leahy
Louise Lyons
Sean McCarthy
Chris Miley
Norella Moriarty
Joe Murphy
Carmel Myers O’Brien
Colette Nolan

Elma O’Sullivan
Emer Prendiville
Marian Relihan
Carol Stricks
Rhona Tarrant
Cara Trant
Noel Twomey
Rose Wall
Brenda Woulfe
Maeve Queally
Sharon Hartnett

Malcom Donald
Miriam Slemon Griffin
Tom Dillon
Magdalena Landziak
Jeremy Murphy
Fr Donal O’Connor
Joan Byrne
Máire O’Connor
Anne O’Neill
Catriona Hanley
Lucy Hearne

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