Lunchtime Pop-Up Arts Trail. ~ John Carew Poet and Story teller.

IMG_1490 John Carew is a poet and story teller. He lives between Knockainey and Lough Gur, County Limerick and has always been fascinated by Old Ireland. Many of his works are performed from memory in the seanchaí style at literary gatherings in Limerick City and in nearby villages and towns and indeed further afield. He is fascinated by Lough Gur, World War 1, and the lives of people who grew up in the old country scene of County Limerick, limited in wealth, but rich in experiences and relationships.
His work is a lively wonderful mix of humour and seriousness, incident and imagination, and it lingers in the minds of his readers and audiences.
John’s poetry has been published in “Revival Literary Journal”, “Poetic Humour”, the “Lough Gur and District Historical Society Journal” , “Knockainey Journal”. “Anthology No !2”. And he is the author of “Through The Mist Of Time”.
IMG_1491John has entertained at the Honey Fitz Theatre and at the culture nights in the Heritage Visitor Centre at Lough Gur. He performed for the Folklore Society of Ireland at the Thomas Fitzgerald Centre in Bruff, on stage at the Lime tree Theatre and was guest poet at Reardon’s monthly poets meeting and the White House poetry night. He entertains senior citizens at the Hospital Resources Centre and nursing homes in Limerick and Tipperary, and he has performed for tourists at the Adare Manor Hotel.
John is a regular contributor at the White House Bar poetry nights, On the Nail Literary Gatherings, and at the Rambling House in the Honey Fitz Theatre.
In 2014 John presented a radio show called “Between the Pages” on the local “Limerick City Community Radio” in which he would interview local writers and artists. John is also a member of the Short Story and Novel Writers’ Group run by The Limerick Writers’ Centre

School Art Competition Winners




Category C and Overall Winner ,

Laura Enright, “What If…”

Kanturk Girls National School.


Category B Winner

Edel O’Donoghue, “What If We Could Go To Other Planets “

Banteer N.S.



Category D Winner,

Sarah O’Keeffe, “What If Life Was A Balloon”

1st Year Coláiste Treasa



Category A Winner,

Darragh Crowley, “What if I was a Pirate”

2nd Class, Kilbrin N.S.


Category E Winner

Samantha O’Dea, “What If…”,

T.Y. Scoil Mhuire

Congratulations to every one who entered this years Kanturk Arts Festival’s Kanturk Credit Union Schools Art Competition !

All the entries are up in shop windows around Kanturk From Spar to the USA Stores, from Daybreak to Burke’s Homevalue and everywhere in between.


Shakespeare at the Lunchtime Pop Up Arts Trail

Stephen Wiley IMG_1489
Stephen Wyley was born in Cork City and attended Belinda Wild’s Theatre Performance Diploma in Kinsale.

Stephen has been acted in many Shakespeare plays in Ireland, London and throughout Europe. While Shakespeare plays are his preference, he has also been in many comedies and dramas both on stage and in front of the camera. Stephen also directs, stage manages, writes, and can operate a lighting rig if needs be.

He is delighted to be performing in Kanturk Arts Festival’s inaugural Lunchtime Pop-Up Arts Trail.

Kanturk Arts Festival Inaugural Flash Fiction Competition Winners

Kanturk Arts Festival are delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Flash Fiction competition kindly sponsored by North Cork Co-Op Ltd.

Adult Winners

First: ‘The Pest’ by Geraldine McCarthy 

Runner Up: ‘The Bangor Boat’s Away’ by Sinead Slattery.

Junior Winners

First:’Tables Turning’ by Sean Moylan.

Runners Up:’ Finding my Family’. Callum Carroll.
‘The The Titanic, My Story.’  Kallum Young.

All three boys are in St. Colman’s. B.N.S.

We are delighted to congratulate the above winners.

Kanturk Arts Festival would like to sincerely thank all those who submitted entries.

Click here to read the winning entries