Multi award winning author Colm Tóibín, humanitarian and author Terry Waite CBE, journalist and author Des Ekin, writer and documentary maker Tom Feiling and adventurer and author Andre P Sykes, are some of the world-renowned writers who are about to set their compass for Lismore's 15th annual Immrama Festival of Travel Writing.

The theme of the 2017 festival is ‘Emigration, Exile and Slavery’, which was launched by Mayor of Waterford Councillor, Adam Wyse. One of the keynote speakers Colm Tóibín will take to the stage in the heritage town of Lismore on Saturday, June 17.

Tóibín is the author of eight novels, three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize. Joining Colm as a keynote speaker will be Terry Waite CBE. 30 years ago this year Terry was taken hostage in Lebanon and kept in captivity for almost five years.

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General Manager Kevin joined The Avondhu team in 1996, and worked in a variety of roles within the company following completion of third level education in Computer Software and Engineering. A shift in focus saw him move abroad in 2000 and 2001, progressing to a role as Customer Care Team Leader in Finland. His return to Ireland, co-incided with the opening of the company's Fermoy office, where he remained as Office Manager until 2007. Transferring to the Mitchelstown office, he has moved into the position of General Manager - his ethos is simply to ensure continuous improvement and advancement of a newspaper which has brought the community together for well over 30 years.