Friday 16th


Live Broadcast

“The Last Word” with Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper’s Today FM radio show with guests from The Rolling Sun Book Festival

Westport Town Hall Theatre

4.30 - 7pm



Book Launch Maud Gonne’s Men

With Westport Historial Society

Author: Anthony Jordan

The Book Shop




The launch of Anthony J Jordan’s latest book Maud Gonne’s Men is supported by Westport Historical Society.

Anthony  J. Jordan is is a native of Ballyhaunis, County Mayo and lives in Sandymount  in Dublin.  Jordan is a graduate of NUI Maynooth, University College Dublin, and St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra. He specialises in writing 'first' biographies -Major John MacBride, Sean MacBride, Christy Brown, WT Cosgrave, John A. Costello. His early interest centred on the interaction between the figures of Major John MacBride, WB Yeats and Maud Gonne. On discovering the MacBride Papers in the National Library of Ireland, he has made them available through his books in elucidation on MacBride from the slings and arrows fired by WB Yeats and his admirers. (The Yeats/Gonne/MacBride Triangle).



Festival Opening and Supper Event

Paul Howard and Matt Cooper in conversation with Lise Hand

Music from Coda

Clew Bay Hotel




The festival opening event at The Clew Bay is always much anticipated and this year’s line up looks better than ever. The incomparable Lise Hand takes on Paul Howard a.k.a Ross O’Carroll-Kelly and radio host Matt Cooper in what promises to be a lively and engaging after dinner discussion. Dinner with wine and music from Coda complete this entertaining evening.



Paul Howard

Paul Howard is a multi-award-winning journalist, author, playwright and comedy writer. He is best known as the creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, a fictional rugby jock whose exploits have been the subject of eighteen novels, which have collectively sold more than one million copies in Ireland and won three Irish Book Awards. He is also the author of Triggs: The Autobiography of Roy Keane's Dog, which was a number one bestseller in 2012, and the creator of the sell-out hit Copper Face Jacks: The Musical in the summer of 2018. He has written comedy for radio and television and was one of the main sketch writers on the twice IFTA-nominated satirical TV show Irish Pictorial Weekly. His biography of Tara Browne, the Irish-born Guinness heir immortalised in The Beatles’ song A Day in the Life, won the Best Non-Fiction award at the 2016 Irish Book Awards and was described by The Irish Times as a "masterpiece". He has recently finished work on the screenplay for a movie based on the book.



Matt Cooper

Broadcaster, journalist and author Matt Cooper presents The Last Word radio show on Today FM. Matt is one of Ireland's most popular and effective conference chairmen and event hosts, combining his ability to ask the relevant questions with a professional hosting style appropriate to the event. He is also an engaging, entertaining and informed speaker on a variety of topics.



Lise Hand

Lise Hand is a columnist with The Times Ireland edition and is a regular contributor on current affairs programmes on radio and tv. She has worked for a variety of national newspapers including The Sunday Tribune, The Sunday Independent, The Sunday Times and The Irish Independent, covering everything from the Arts to Sport, Fashion, Features, News and Politics. She has also worked in film, and one of her stories has just been adapted into a short film which was directed by Oscar-winning director Jim Sheridan and stars Oscar-nominee Salma Hayek.


She was the parliamentary sketch writer for the Irish Independent during one of the most dramatic periods in Leinster House, the financial crash of 2008 and the subsequent upheaval. Still a political reporter, she has outlasted five Taoisigh, although she may have met her match with the new youngest-ever incumbent, Leo Varadkar.