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The Jonathan Swift Festival is celebrating the 350th birthday of Jonathan Swift, author, satirist and founder of St. Patrick’s University Hospital. Led by Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin the festival is taking place from 23-26 November 2017. Swift 350 includes a series of events hosted / co-hosted by St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services. 

Swift Historical Tours at St Patrick’s University Hospital

Three atmospheric tours in November will explore Swift’s Dublin and his legacy in the environs of the hospital. The tours will feature some of the hospital’s collection of paintings, Swift’s writing bureau and a reconstructed patient’s cell from the 1750s. Led by theatre maker Alice Coghlan of Wonderland Productions, who has adapted Swift for the stage, and in collaboration with the hospital’s Twilight Programme, this tour will include a special performance by actor Damien Devaney.

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Swift’s vision: a 350th Birthday Celebration 
30 November | St Patricks Cathedral
7.30 – 10.30pm  

To celebrate the legacy of Jonathan Swift, on his 350th birthday, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, First Fortnight Festival and St Patrick’s Mental Health Services have collaborated to present Swift’s Vision, a celebration of Swift, through song, poetry and prose. Responding to Swift’s legacy through spoken word and music, the artists featured will perform pieces themed around art and vision.

Curated by Stephen James Smith, the night will feature voices including Dermot Kennedy, Mary Coughlan, Mongoose Paula Meehan and Geoff Finan.

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Lived Lives Exhibition [private event]
27 – 30 November | St Patrick’s University Hospital

Lived Lives – a mediated arts/science exhibition – is not open to the public. 

Lived Lives is an artistic process which involved forty-two Irish suicide-bereaved families (107 individuals) from 22 counties around Ireland who donated stories, images and objects associated with the lived life of a loved one lost to suicide. From these, curator Dr Seamus McGuinness created a series of art installations entitled 21g, Archive Rooms and The Lost Portrait Gallery. With express permission given by the donating families, a mediated public exhibition was co-produced and co-curated with artists, scientists, families and communities – it is called Lived Lives.


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