Kate O'Brien Award
Sun 25th Feb, 12.30PM
15/12 euro

Katherine O’Donnell was born in Cork and spent her childhood on the naval base at Haulbowline island, attending a two-teacher school. She studied at University College Cork and later Boston College on a Fulbright Scholarship. She worked briefly as a journalist in RTÉ. Katherine is now Professor of the History of Ideas at UCD’s School of Philosophy. She has been an activist for many years, involved in, most notably, the Justice for Magdalenes Campaign and, more generally, with justice issues and the LGBTQ+ community. Katherine practices Buddhism and acupuncture and splits her time between Dublin, Cork and her converted camper van. Slant is her debut novel.

Aoife Fitzpatrick is a native of Dublin, Ireland. Her debut novel, The Red Bird Sings, won the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize in 2020. The winner of the inaugural Books Ireland short-story competition, her work has also been recognised by the Séan O’Faoláin Prize, the Elizabeth Jolley Prize and by the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year award. Aoife received an MFA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin in 2019 and in 2020, she was the recipient of a literature bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland.

Born in Zambia, Anne Tiernan grew up in Navan, County Meath. She studied English Literature and Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and spent seven years working in banking. Anne left Ireland with her husband in 2004 to travel the world, arriving in New Zealand in 2005 where they still live – now with three children together. The Last Days of Joy is Anne’s first novel.

Date & Times

Sun 25 Feb, 12.30pm

Approximate run time: 1 hour.

Run times may vary by up to 15 minutes as they can be affected by intervals and delays.


Standard Entry: €15
Concession Entry: €12*

*  Concession tickets are available for students, seniors and unwaged purchases.



69 O’Connell St, Limerick, V94 FK0H


Starting at the Brown Thomas store, continue walking straight up O’Connell St. After the Mallow St junction, Belltable is on the left-hand side of the road, in the middle of the block.

Public Transport:

From the bus stop on Sarsfield Street, take the 304 as far as the O’Connell Monument, O’Connell St. Continue back towards the city centre, Belltable is on the right-hand side of the road, in the middle of the block.


Belltable is situated in the city centre and encourages patrons to walk where possible.

For those who can’t walk and need to drive there is only on street parking.

Belltable will open from 9am on both Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of the festival.

Tickets can be booked online at www.limetreebelltable.ie. Links to which can be found on this site.

Weekend Pass €130/€100. Individual Sessions €15/€12.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for individual sessions, while tickets are still available.

Please note that ticket capacity is limited at all events, tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis. Please allow time to purchase tickets on the door as no latecomers will be permitted once an event commences.

Belltable is fully accessible.

Wheelchair spaces: We strongly advise that, should you require a wheelchair space, you contact our Box Office staff on (061) 953400 as early as possible.

Accessible Toilets: Belltable  has one accessible toilet in the main foyer area next to the bar.

Guide/Assistance Dogs are welcome in both our venues.

Baby Changing Facilities: We have baby changing facilities in the accessible toilets in Belltable.

The Belltable cafe will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2pm, serving coffee, tea etc.



Claire Keegan

Date: Sun 25 Feb, 3.30PM
Venue: Belltable
Admission: €15/12

Vona Groarke

Date: Sat 24 Feb, 10.00AM
Venue: Belltable
Admission: €15/12
Vona will be presenting and discussing 'Hereafter: The Telling Life of Ellen O'Hara'

Desert Island Books

Date: Sun 25 Feb, 1.45PM
Venue: Belltable
Admission: €15/12
Perennial favourite with four Limerick personalities.