Carlow man, William Desmond Taylor, was an immensely successful Hollywood actor & director of the Silent Era. He acted in 27 movies, directed over 60, and, at the time of his death, was the head of production at Paramount Studios.

2022 is the 100th anniversary of his death and since 2011 Carlow celebrated its famous cinematic son with Taylorfest (Sept 20-21), which presents a selection of his classic films, performances of scenes from his extraordinary life, talks from world experts, celebrity appearances and much more…

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Carlow, Ireland, celebrates Culture night by honouring one of its own; Hollywood silent film director William Desmond Taylor. Carlow native Taylor is Ireland’s most prolific filmmaker with 87 films to his credit, shot during Hollywood’s Golden Era.  In the spirit of the time, Carlow’s historic centre, Dublin Street, will be transformed into a scene from the Roaring Twenties.

Johanna Enlists

A wide selection of silent film and 1920s themed events include the Irish premiere film screening, with live musical accompaniment by Eric Butler, of Johanna Enlists (1918). This highly popular Mary Pickford-starring comedy is one of only a half-dozen existing films from William Desmond Taylor. The delightful story is about a freckle-faced farm girl whose pleas to the heavens to send her a beau results in the 143rd army regiment camping on her land.

Greedy Still

A rehearsed reading of GREEDY, a brand new work written by Derek O’Connor for by Bedrock Theatre Company directed by Jimmy Fay. This is a stage-adaptation of Erich Von Stroheim’s 1924 masterpiece ‘Greed’ re-located to contemporary Ireland.


Still: An exhibition of black and white portrait photography by Monika Fabijanczyk and Kasia Kalua Krynska using early photographic techniques.


The William Desmond Taylor Story; aka “Looking for William“, a new, original production performed by the Carlow Little Theatre.

Rex Ingram poster (small)

Dr Ruth Barton Head of Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin discusses Rex Ingram, the Dubliner who was considered the true artist of Hollywood’s Silent Era.


And the Silent films of contemporary Irish film maker Andrew Legge, including the short films The Chronoscope and The Unusual Inventions of Henry Cavendish.

Taylorfest Speakeasy featuring DJ Billy O'Hanluain

TBA Speakeasy at 59 Dublin Street, a prohibition era gin-joint pops-up on the site of a 17th century coaching inn and hops late night to the sounds of 20s Jazz, Blues & Folk.

…also live music, talks on silent films, Charleston Dance Performances, Jazz Age Dinners and Parlour Games, a Costume Ball, and a host of other activities. Details to follow…




Screening of Silent Era rarity at Taylorfest


Irish Premiere for Screen Classic at Taylorfest


William Desmond Taylor was born William Cunningham Deanne-Tanner in what is now known as the Elms, Athy road, Carlow, Ireland. To celebrate his 140th anniversary, a selection of his films will be screened, a series of talks and various other events will take place at the state-of-the-art George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow, September 21 – 23.

The event is made possible only with the kind cooperation of the Irish Film InstituteThe Visual Centre for Contemporary ArtCarlow Tourism, Culture Night and Cleverality Productions.  Schedule of events to follow.

For updates join our facebook page by clicking HERE or Follow Taylorfest on Twitter by clicking HERE


WDT’s Anniversary on the Radio


Taylorfest director, Marc-Ivan O’Gorman, discusses Taylor’s life and legacy on Sean Moncrieff’s show on Newstalk 106-108fm, April 26 2012, on the 140th anniversary of the director’s birth.

4 responses to “TAYLORFEST

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  2. Jonathan ⋅

    Looks really exciting!! Can’t wait to see the full programme. Wish you energy success with this venture.

  3. What an opportunity to embrace and enjoy the work of one of Carlow’s finest sons. Good luck with this Marc.

    • Cleverality ⋅

      Thanks David. We appreciate your support. Do tell anyone who think might interested about our project, as this is an inaugural event we can do with all the word spreading we can get!

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