A thuilleadh faoin Ríordánach

Seo nasc chuig píosa a scríobhas ar Tuairisc faoin Ríordánach, a saolaíodh céad bliain ó shin ag an deireadh seachtaine. Bhíos páirteach i gcomhdháil i mBaile Mhúirne mar chuid den chomóradh sin a d’eagraigh Bríd Cranitch, Tríona Ní Shíocháin agus Ríona Ní Churtáin. Léiríodh ‘Mo Pheann ag Rince’ de chuid Imram, seó a chuir Liam Ó Muirthile i dtoll a chéile, le tionlacan ceoil ó Enda Reilly agus físeanna aoibhne le Margaret Lonergan. Ba mhór agam féin a bheith ina dteannta ag léamh dánta an Ríordánaigh.

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Dordfhilíocht at International Literature Festival Dublin

Bass + Poetry = Dordfhilíocht.

I was involved in an event curated by Liam Carson as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin on 21st May. He paired poetry with the bass (fretted, fretless, double… even a saw produced music!) I was accompanied by Nev Lloyd on fretless bass. He also played double bass for Liam O Muirthile. Marcus Mac Conghail and Eoin O’Brien produced an avant garde collaboration (we need more of this stuff as Gaeilge!) and Séamas Barra O Súilleabháin and Martin Brunsden riffed off each other in what was a really special performance. Martin even got out the aforementioned saw for SB’s haiku.

Here are some photographs by Jim Berkeley

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Three Days – Three Talks

A few years ago I went along to Éigse an Spidéil to hear Biddy Jenkinson and to participate in the open mic (maidhc oscailte) afterwards. It was a great evening of poetry, music and banter. I’m delighted to be the guest poet this year, joined by the very fine musician Saileog Ní Cheannabháin. There is a fantastic line-up at this year’s Éigse; check it out at this link:

http://www.eigseanspideil.ie

I’ll be giving a talk at Galway City Museum on Saturday afternoon from 2pm-3pm. It’ll be an informal sweep through ‘A Brief History of the Irish language’ and entry is free, though booking is advisable. Details at the link:

http://www.galwaycitymuseum.ie/calendar-of-events/

On Sunday night I’ll be reading at an IMRAM event to celebrate International Women’s Day. There’ll be a bevy of women including Celia de Fréine, Biddy Jenkinson, Aifric Mac Aodha, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and traditional singers Síle Denvir, Máire Ní Choilm and Máiréad Ní Oistín.

McGrattan’s 76 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin 2 @8.00pm 

Cead isteach/Admission €10

http://imram.ie/?event=night-of-poetry-and-music-for-international-womens-day