The 50th consecutive Scoil Gheimhridh Merriman (Merriman Winter School) will be held in Ennis, 26th-28th January 2018. The Old Ground Hotel will be the main venue for the school. The first ever Scoil Gheimhridh Merriman was held in Nenagh in 1969. The programme on the theme ‘Filí éireann go hAonteach’ was an unforgettable gathering of the cream of writers in Ireland at the time. The famous opening lecture was given by Máirtin ó Cadhain, ‘Blank Pages and Written Pages’. The theme of the 50th Scoil Gheimhridh is ‘Eigse éireann go hAontach’ and a similar gathering of the contemporary writers in Ireland is anticipated. Writers will be celebrated since the 1960’s at this event.