Allingham Festival Ian McElhinney

Actor Ian McElhinney for Allingham Festival

Actor Ian McElhinney, best known for his roles as Grandpa Joe in Derry Girls as well as Game of Thrones will feature at the Allingham Festival in Ballyshannon this November.

“I’ve been killed more ways than anybody else,” claims actor Ian McElhinney, best known for his roles in Derry Girls (Granda Joe), Game of Thrones (Ser Barristan Selmy), and Rogue One: A Start Wars Story (General Dondonna). McElhinney in will share highlights of his career in an interview at the 2022 Allingham Festival in Ballyshannon at 2 pm on Saturday 5 November.

With over 140 films, television shows and stage performances to his credit, Ian McElhinney was also nominated for Best Director for “Stones in His Pockets,” a play written by his wife, the Belfast playwright Marie Jones.

Ian McElhinney will be interviewed at the Allingham Festival by Sinéad Crowley, Arts and Media Correspondent with RTE News. Sinéad Crowley is also the author of The Belladonna Maze, One Bad Turn and other novels.

The 2022 Allingham Festival takes place from 2-6 November in Ballyshannon. This year’s Festival also features an interview with Booker-prize-nominated author Claire Keegan, and a concert of Leonard Cohen songs by Bird on the Wire, an eight-member musical ensemble featuring Pauline Scanlon and The Whileaways. 

The Allingham Poetry and Flash Fiction Competitions are open for entries until the extended deadline of 23rd September. Updated information and Festival schedules are posted at

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