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The Iron Mountain Festival 2024

The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th October 2024

Details of the year's festival will be announced shortly. Check back soon for further details or join the mailing list to receive automatic updates.

In the meantime, please explore our archive of commissions and previous festival editions.

John McGahern Award


As part of the Iron Mountain Literature Festival and with the support of the McGahern Estate Leitrim County Council developed the John McGahern Award to encourage the development of emerging Irish writers and to pay tribute to the exceptional contribution of John McGahern to literature, and to Leitrim.

John McGahern is one of Ireland’s most respected and celebrated authors. His fiction is critically acclaimed internationally, has been translated into many languages and has appeared in many anthologies. He was a member of Aosdána and won numerous awards, including the Irish-American Foundation Award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and the Prix Etranger Ecureuil. He taught at universities in Ireland, England, the USA and Canada. Amongst Women, which won both the GPA and Irish Times Award, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a BBC television series.

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