Seoladh i gClub an Chonartha, 1.4.16


Beidh ócáid againn Dé hAoine, Lá Aibreáin, i gClub an Chonartha i mBaile Átha Cliath chun Tost agus Allagar a sheoladh. Déanfaidh Marcus Mac Conghail píosa cainte is beidh ceol agus soláistí ann. Tosóidh an oíche ag 7.30. Táim buíoch den bhfoilsitheoir, Coiscéim, as an oíche a eagrú.

Is féidir éisteacht le Marcus ag reic dánta le tionlanacan ó Nell Ní Chróinín anseo.

Beidh Rónán Ó Snodaigh ón ngrúpa Kíla ann ar an oíche ag ceol. Bígí linn!


Rónán Beo @RnaG



Míle buíochas le Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí as píosa cainte a dhéanamh liom Déardaoin seo caite faoin leabhar nua, Tost agus Allagar. Is féidir éisteacht leis anseo. Comhghairdeas leo siúd a bhuaigh cóip den leabhar, Bríd Ní Dhochartaigh agus Máire Delaney. Súil agam go mbainfidh sibh taitneamh as!

Galway Launch 25 Feb


Tomorrow is the day for the Galway launch of Tost agus Allagar. Diarmuid de Faoite will do job and there’ll be ceol, ól is cuideachta in Club Áras na nGael in Dominic Street. We’ll kick off at 7.30pm.

Diarmuid is currently touring his one-man show about the life of Pádraic Ó Conaire. I’m really looking forward to seeing it in the Town Hall Theatre in Galway on the 1st March, but  you can catch him all over the country between now and April. Check it out!

New York Launch of ‘Tost agus Allagar’



A big buíochas ó chroí to Hilary Mhic Suibhne for launching Tost agus Allagar at CUNY Grad Center in New York. It was just great to hear her take on the poems and she did a wonderful job of presenting the themes of the book. Keep an eye out for the text of her launch speech in An Gael (with thanks to the editor, Séamas Ó Neachtain).

Tomás Ó hÍde (Thomas Ihde) of Lehman College was the Fear a’Tí for the occasion and was responsible for organising the event. It was fantastic to hear so many people speaking Irish in New York City. Nár laga Dia iad.


(Seoladh na Gaillimhe ar an 25ú Feabhra, 7.30 i gClub Áras na nGael…)

New York 18 Feb 2016






Getting geared up for a visit to New York next week… I’ll be reading at CUNY Grad Centre (365 5th Avenue) on Thursday 18th February at 7pm. Hilary Mhic Suibhne from NYU will be introducing me and I’ll be reading some poems from Tost agus Allagar with translations. This bilingual event is kindly hosted by Tomás Ó hÍde and Lehman College, where I taught Gaelic as a Fulbright FLTA in 2007/08.

I’ll also be participating in the conference ‘Litríocht na Gaeilge agus Stair na hÉireann’ which will be held in Lehman College on 19 & 20 February. The papers on Friday will be delivered in English while those on Saturday will be as Gaeilge. You can check out the programme here. I’m particularly looking forward to the Fundraiser Dinner on Friday night where Eileen Houlihan Zurell and Séamus Blake will be honoured for their contribution to Irish life in New York. More information and tickets available here.

Finally, here is a pic of the New York launch of Péacadh fadó fadó…



PS: Date for Galway launch – 25th February… More details to follow…

Book Cover


Very excited to see my book cover up on Coiscéim’s website. Many thanks to the artist, Chati Coronel, and Silverlens Galleries for the use of the image, ‘You are what you EAT YOUR IDOLS.’ Much praise is due to the exceptionally talented Eimear Ryan who designed the book (Eimear is a fiction writer – you can read her short story that was recently published in The Long Gaze Back and The Irish Times here.)  Thanks also to Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Marcus Mac Conghail for their kind blurbs.

Stay tuned for news of launch(es)…


Tyrone Guthrie Centre @ Annaghmakerrig


I’m very grateful to Kerry County Council for a bursary to spend almost two weeks in the blissful Annaghmakerrig. It’s my third visit here, and the most productive stint yet. The day is your own to work or walk or talk with the other artists. Breakfast and lunch are whatever time you choose, and everyone gets together for dinner at 7pm. The staff here are warm and welcoming, and Lavina, the chef, deserves a special mention for the creativity she brings to evening meals. It will be hard to go back to reality!


I hope to publish my next collection, Tost agus Allagar, in the autumn.