Thursday July 4th to Sunday 7th 2013

Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland
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Welcome to the Swift Satire Festival

Celebrating the life, works and legacy of Jonathan Swift

The sixth Swift Satire Festival took place in Trim, Co Meath from July 4-7, 2013

Each year we bring together distinguished guests from the arts, politics, the media and comedy to celebrate satire in honour of Jonathan Swift.

Find out all you need to know about this year’s Swift Satire Festival:

Swift and Trim

Swift was appointed vicar in Laracor, just out the road from Trim, in 1700. The author of such famous satires as Gulliver’s Travels, A Tale Of A Tub and A Modest Proposal, had many firm friends in the town of Trim itself. Find out more about Swift, his works and his association with Trim here.

The festival

Our festival is unique: no other festival in the world is dedicated to satire in all its forms (apart, maybe, from one in Iran that we haven’t been able to make it to as yet!) You might say that’s because Swift, or indeed satire, isn’t that important.

However, satire is important especially in today’s politically correct world. A satirist says things that others can’t say, things that make you laugh violently but then think silently.

That’s why we bring Ireland’s leading satirical comedians together with politicians, media and academics to participate in Satire-Day, curated by Paddy Cullivan.

We think Dean Swift would be proud.

Note: The 2013 Swift Satire Festival was co-financed by Meath Partnership and The Gathering.

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    The 2013 Swift Satire Festival takes place from July 4-7. Download the festival brochure here.

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