Maria Edgeworth Festival
- Programme 5th-7th May 2023

Thursday 4th May 2023

12.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. “18th Century meets 21st Century Ireland”
Active Retirement Event

Venue: The Green, Edgeworthstown

Admission: Free

2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Art Workshop with Angela Tuite
The Green, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

Admission: Free (limited places)

8.00 p.m. Mark Davies – The First successful air balloon crossing of the Irish Sea by Windham Sadler (1796-1824) in 1817.

Venue: The Green, Edgeworthstown

Admission: Free, Refreshments served

Mark Davies Bio

Friday 5th May 2023

Morning Session

09:00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. Tea-Coffee-Biscuits, Registration

10.00 a.m. – 10.20 a.m. Official Opening

10.20 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Susan Manly – Practical Education and its challenge in revolutionary Ireland of 1798.

11.00 a.m. – 11.40 a.m. Raffaella Leproni

11.40 a.m. – 12.20 p.m. Imelda Graham

1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. Lunch 

Joani Etskovitz Bio

9.30 p.m. Mostrim Laughs Out Loud with Jimmy Jests

Open Mic with Poetry/Storytelling

Venue: The Sportsman’s Inn

Admission: Free

Conference: "The Education of A Nation" -The Role of the Edgeworths

Practical Education is an educational treatise written by Maria Edgeworth and her father Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Published in 1798, it is a comprehensive theory of education that combines the ideas of philosophers John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau as well as of educational writers such as Thomas Day, William Godwin, Joseph Priestley, and Catharine Macaulay. The Edgeworths’ theory of education was based on the premise that a child’s early experiences are formative and that the associations they form early in life are long-lasting. They also encourage hands-on learning and include suggestions of “experiments” that children can perform and learn.

Venue: St Mary’s Community Centre, Granard Rd, Aughafin, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford N39 W425

Susan Manly Bio.

Raffaella Leproni Bio

Imelda Graham Bio

Afternoon Session

2.00p.m. – 2.40 p.m. Joani Etskovitz

3.00 p.m. Visit to St Mary’s National School to view Practical Projects

4.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Visit to Maria Edgeworth Centre

Jimmy Jests is a popular Longford comedian who has written, produced and starred in hundreds of online video sketches. He has in excess of 90k social media followers and continues to entertain daily with topical and hilarious content. He can also be seen performing live at various stand up comedy shows.

Saturday 6th May 2022

Aoife Munn is an Environmentalist and Horticulturist with a focus on sustainability through practical Learning.
As the judge for DLR Tidy Districts for many years, Aoife identified a need to guide community groups towards more sustainable goals and specialises in
courses and talks on increasing biodiversity, sustainable planting, plant
propagation and waste reduction.
Her passion for protecting the environment is contagious and her courses are
lively, interactive and hands on, believing we learn best through practical

Emilie Pine is Professor of Professor of Modern Drama (she/her). Director of Research, School of English, Drama and Film University College Dublin.

She has published
widely as an academic and critic. She is the author of the award winning
essay collection, Notes to Self, which has been translated
into fifteen languages, and most recently the novel Ruth & Pen.

David Butler’s third novel, City of Dis (New Island), was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, 2015. Arlen House brought out his second short story collection, Fugitive, and Doire Press his third poetry collection, Liffey Sequence, both in 2021. Awards for the short story include the Colm Toibin, Benedict Kiely, ITT/Redline, Fish International and Maria Edgeworth (twice).

Noel Monahan is a poet and dramatist, born in Granard, Co. Longford and living in Cavan. He has published eight collections of poetry. His most recent collection: Chalk Dust, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2018 and adapted for stage the following year. Noel’s literary awards include: The SeaCat National Award organised by Poetry Ireland, The Hiberno-English Poetry Award, The Irish Writer’s Union Poetry Award , The William Allingham, Poetry Award, The Kilkenny Prize for Poetry. He won The P J O’Connor RTE Radio Drama Award for his play Broken Cups and was awarded The A.S.T.I. Achievements Award for his contribution to literature at home and abroad. His work has been translated into: Italian, French, German, Russian and Romanian. His poetry was prescribed text for the Leaving Certificate English Course 2011 and 2012. Noel Monahan has read his work and given Workshops throughout Ireland and in England, Italy, France and the United states … His ninth collection of poetry will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2023. Noel Monahan holds an M.A. in Creative Writing.

10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Children’s ‘Natural Craft Workshop’

Venue: Walled Garden, The Manor, Edgeworthstown.

Admission: Free

10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Arts and Craft Fair -with Entertainment

Venue: The Library Plaza, Edgeworthstown

Admission: Free

11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Poetry Workshop with Noel Monahan

Venue: The Green, Edgeworthstown.

Fee: €20

Workshops: Click on the button below to book your place. Places are limited.

11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Soap Making Workshop with Aoife Munn

Venue: The Library, Edgeworthstown.

Admission: €10 (places limited)

Booking via Edgeworthstown Library 043 334 3335

2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Biodiversity Workshop with Aoife Munn

Venue: The Manor, Edgeworthstown

Admission: €20 (places limited) click on the button below to book your place

8.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.  Culture Night

Presentation of prizes to competition winners followed by readings of their work.

Poetry and Short Story Readings and adjudicators comments, featuring Noel Monahan and David Butler.

Professor Emilie Pine in conversation with Sinead Hussey, RTE Correspondent.

Musical interludes with Simply Strings

Venue: The Greene, Edgeworthstown

Admission: €10
Refreshments served

10.30 p.m. Festival Social

Venue: Goldsmith Pub, Main Street, Edgeworthstown

Admission: Free

Sunday 7th May 2022

2.00 p.m – 4.30 p.m. 18th Century Mostrim Tea Party
Preferably attend in period costume. Prizes awarded for best dressed female, male and family categories.

Venue: The Green, Edgeworthstown

Admission: Free

Tea Party, Edgeworthstown House
Tea Party, Edgeworthstown House
Portrait of the Edgeworth family by Adam Buck Photograph - National Gallery of Ireland
Portrait of the Edgeworth family by Adam Buck Photograph - National Gallery of Ireland

The Edgeworth Family

Meathas Troim/Edgeworthstown 1619-2020

Sixteen nineteen was a troubled time in Ireland, in Meatus Troim James 1 of England granted 600 acres of confiscated lands to a Francis Edgeworth, whose family originated from Edgeware, in Middlesex. Francis Edgeworth was married three times, his third wife was Jane Tuite a catholic, from Sonnagh, in Co Westmeath. The family lived in a Castle in Cranley before moving to the house now known as The Manor. It would be fair to say that the family were mainly absentee landlords who cared little for their tenants, this situation remained until Richard his great grandson inherited.

Maria’s father Richard Lovell Edgeworth inherited the estate from his brother Thomas, who died at a young age. He resided in Edgeworthstown and was considered to be a fair and reforming landlord. This was an exciting time in history, it was a time of enlightenment and the Edgeworth family were at the centre of this period. Richard Lovell Edgeworth was a member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, an informal gathering of prominent figures who were credited with being at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Alongside Edgeworth were household names such as Erasmus Darwin, James Watt, Matthew Boulton and Josiah Wedgwood.

Maria Edgeworth grew up in rural Edgeworthstown and was influenced by the landscape and the people of the area. These influences were evident in the portrayal of her character Thady Quirk in her famous novel Castle Rackrent a satirical commentary of her ancestors. The Edgeworth Society are building on this legacy with the hope that a wider awareness will bring benefits to the local community.