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  • ANNOUNCEMENT – Festival Hiatus

    The John O’Brien Festival Organising Committee regrets to inform you that there will be no Festival held in 2017. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause, and thank you all for your continued support. The John O’Brien Festival will be returning in 2018, and we look forward to seeing you there. Please... Read More

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  • The Festival Committee needs YOU

    Do you have: • Great ideas for improving the John O’Brien Festival? • A passion for fun, family, and community spirit? • Organisational, financial, promotional, or people skills? • A desire to make new friends and get involved in the community? THEN WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU Full media release here: Download the application... Read More

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Poet John O’Brien is the namesake of Narrandera’s flagship festival.

Narrandera was home to famed priest Monsignor Patrick Hartigan (1878-1952) who published his poetry under the nom de plume “John O’Brien”.

His best known poems include Said Hanrahan, Tangmalangaloo and Around the Boree Log. Books of his poetry are available at Narrandera’s Visitor Information Centre.

Narrandera’s John O’Brien Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for many who appreciate the great humanity and humour of “John O’Brien’s” poetry.

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Check out the range of merchandise on display at the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre year-round. Get in early to ensure that you are ‘well versed’ in all things John O’Brien!