New poem in the Irish Times

It was great to see a new poem of mine in the Irish Times on Saturday. I wrote it back in August as the situation in Afghanistan was rapidly changing and the Taliban were approaching Kabul. It’s called ‘Fothragadh’ which could be translated as ‘bathing’ or ‘immersion’, or ‘bustle’ or ‘flurry’. My thanks to Billy Ramsell for his wonderful translation. Here is the link

Words Lightly Spoken

Here is a link to the podcast Words Lightly Spoken which was posted on the RTÉ website yesterday. With thanks to the producer, Claire Cunningham.

In this episode of the new Arts Council-funded podcast Words Lightly Spoken, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh reads her poem Filleadh ón Antartach, and the English translation, Return from Antarctica, by Billy Ramsell, from her collection The Coast Road, published by The Gallery Press.

Dromineer Literary Festival


I’m really looking forward to the Dromineer Literary Festival in Tipperary this weekend. Highlights include the Friday evening reading, George Szirtes, Thomas McCarthy, Pascale Petit and Billy Ramsell. There are workshops on Saturday and a reading by Breda Wall Ryan, Victoria Kennefick and Maeve O’Sullivan. On Sunday, Dave McAvinchey, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín and I will be performing at the Dánta Grádha Reading (Love Poems) with harpist Laura Hogan. There’s also a mindfulness event, a songwriting workshop, a play and a photography exhibition. You can view the full programme here.

Poetry Magazine


Such a thrill to have two poems included in the Young Irish Poets September issue of Poetry, edited by Patrick Cotter. You can check out the table of contents here. 

Billy Ramsell translated both of my poems and ‘Filleadh ón Antarach’ is available to read online here.

I also contributed to the Reading List Blog where I mention the Selected Poems of Seán Ó Ríordáin, Scapegoat by Alan Gillis, and Full-Bodied Wine, a romp of a story that’s available to downloads for free from Smashwords.

Sunday Miscellany

The weather is still cold enough to justify this post ( I think!)… Back in December I was invited to read at the National Concert Hall in Dublin for the recording of RTE’s Christmas Miscellany. I read the poem ‘Filleadh ón Antartach’ (translated by Billy Ramsell as ‘Return from Antarctica’).  It was fantastic to read with such writers as Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Dónal Ryan, John F. Deane, Enda Coyle Green, Pat Boran, Mary O’Malley, Mary Morrissy, John McKenna, Anthony Glavin and Hilary Fanin, and to share a stage with RTE Concert Orchestra. You can listen back here