About Us

The Jonathan Swift Festival: A project of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

Who we are

As passionate about running events as we are about sharing the extraordinary accomplishments of one of Ireland’s most treasured authors, The Jonathan Swift Festival now in its second year is hosted by Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin and produced by a small but dedicated team of Swift enthusiasts. Supported by Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council, the festival is a vibrant collaboration between a number of creative bodies and cultural institutions across the city who have a historic or cultural links to Jonathan Swift’s life and work.
Building upon the success of our inaugural year in 2017 in which the Festival led a nationwide celebration of the 350th anniversary of the birth of Swift, this year’s festival promises to much more ambitious programme as it welcomes EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Trinity College Dublin, The Irish Writers Centre, The Irish Film Institute, National Gallery of Ireland, Fighting Words, The Science Gallery, Irish Traditional Music Archive, Dublin City Libraries ,HeadStuff and Sweetman Craft Brewery to help us celebrate the life and times of Jonathan Swift.


Clarissa Delap, Co-Founder

Clarissa Delap, Co-Founder

Clarissa is the Marketing and Events Officer for Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

Andrew Smith, Co-Founder

Andrew Smith, Co-Founder

We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make love us love one another. Andrew has worked for over ten years in the field of cultural education in both Ireland and the UK. His principal role is as Education Officer for Saint Patrick's where he spends his time telling people stories about the Cathedral's most eccentric Dean!

Dr Sarah Cleary, Festival Coordinator

Dr Sarah Cleary, Festival Coordinator

May you live all the days of your Life. Having escaped being eaten as a young baby, Sarah has worked in the field of events for over ten years and is thrilled to take on the position of Festival Coordinator for the Jonathan Swift Festival 2018. This year her goal is to share the cultural legacy of Swift to new audiences through the development of exciting new partnerships across Ireland with the hope of spreading Swift’s triumphs as both writer and social advocate as far as possible to audiences young and old.

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