The Glendalough Arts Network (G.A.N.) was formed in the summer of 2010 following a number of Art Network Workshops, supported by the Community Education Programme of County Wicklow VEC, and facilitated by Conor O’Leary from the Rural Arts Network.

The workshops aimed to encourage people from the local community to develop their skills to work together to encourage, organise and promote arts and cultural events with, and for, their communities.


The Network’s first event was the hugely successful ‘Lights in the Valley’.

This consisted of Creativity Workshops with the local primary school followed by a family Lantern Walk down the ancient and mysterious ‘Green Road’ to the Monastic Village.

Events along the route were designed to showcase the history, arts and crafts in the Valley.

The Fireside Sessions

Our subsequent ongoing project is the monthly ‘Fireside Session’ held in Glendalough Green (Top Shop).

A series of talks and music sessions by local artists and innovators, the ‘Sessions’ act as both as a networking event and a platform for the sharing of ideas and creativity in a relaxed, social environment.

photoSpeakers and Artists to date include Martin Swords (Poet), Leslie Dowdall (Singer), Rosaleen Durkin (Imagination Gym), Fiona Daly (Tantra Teacher), Pat Conroy (Artist and Mountaineer), and Alan Baillie (Bagpipe Player).

This is an open platform, so if you would like to perform or do a presentation at the Fireside Sessions, you can contact us at

Glendalough Midsummer Festival

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Following the resounding success of the ‘Lantern Walk’ and the ‘Fireside Sessions’, the Glendalough Arts Network were proud to present an exciting new event  designed to promote local arts, heritage, food and enterprise, and to celebrate the summer solstice as it has been since ancient times.

Beginning in 2012, the festival aims to promote local arts, heritage, food and enterprise, and to celebrate the summer solstice as it has been since ancient times.

Click here to find out more about the festival