The Irish Times Winter Nights Festival Draws in a Crowd

Following from the huge success of the inaugural Irish Times Summer Nights virtual festival in July 2020, Winter Nights began on Monday January 25th. The festival, which runs over 5 nights, sees the return of Peugeot as sponsor of the festival of conversation, culture and ideas. Hosts from The Irish Times include Róisín Ingle, Pat Leahy, Patrick Freyne, Kathy Sheridan, Hilary Fannin, Jennifer Bray, Sorcha Pollak, Jennifer O’Connell and Joanne O’Riordan.

The festival has played host to a diverse line up of renowned guests, including Paul Howard, Edith Eger, Dara Ó’Briain, Emma Dabiri, Mairéad McGuinness MEP, Nicola Sturgeon and Blindboy.  The extensive line up of guests also includes Sonia O’Sullivan, Luke O’Neill and An Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

Over the course of the week so far, the audience has numbered more than 12,000. Friday is the final night of the festival and sees sixteen-year-old Dara McAnulty, award-winning author of Diary of a Young Naturalist interviewed by Freya McClements. Gabriel Byrne will join Irish Times Arts and Culture Editor Hugh Linehan and to end what has been a superbly enjoyable and entertaining week, CNN commentator John King will talk to Fintan O’Toole.

Jen Walsh, from Zenith Media, commented:

“Zenith were delighted to align Peugeot with the fantastic content in the Winter Nights festival. This sponsorship allowed us to reach a highly engaged audience across several hours. Peugeot were present during in-depth conversations on a range of diverse topics, something that would have been difficult to achieve without the sponsorship. “

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