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Opening Night

2019 Boyne Music Festival Opening Night

The 2019 Boyne Music Festival opens its 7th festival with a celebration of poetry and song at the Boann Distillery in Drogheda. Poet Neil McCarthy will read from his collection “Stopgap Grace” with performances by the husband and wife folk duo, John McIntyre and Zoë Conway.

Guests are invited to arrive early to sample the Boann Distillery’s collection of whiskeys and try the beer brewed on site by Boyne Brewhouse. Doors will open at 7:30pm.

"Stopgap Grace feels like the chronicles of a ghost drifting from city to city, down labyrinthine streets where history bleeds from coffee shop walls and each moment of pause is shattered by the juxtaposition of change. It is both celebratory and melancholy, like a love letter to the world on the eve of its destruction. McCarthy’s debut collection is a work of spellbinding beauty."
- Stephen Murray


Neil McCarthy, poet
Zoë Conway, fiddle
John McIntyre, guitar


Boann Distillery is a family owned state-of -the-art distillery producing a range of triple distilled Irish single malt and Irish pot still whiskey from three handmade bespoke copper pot stills. From “Grain to Glass” crafted within the distillery ensuring the production of whiskey and gin of great character with a unique provenance and a real sense of place.

Also within the same unique building stands Boyne Brewhouse. With a three vessel 35HL Kaspar Schulz brewhouse at its heart and using traditional brewing methods, the finest raw materials and Boyne Valley well water to brew the finest craft brews.

Award winning beers brewed with passion in the Boyne Valley.

Earlier Event: 8 August
Poetry Workshop
Later Event: 9 August
Tour: Battle of the Boyne