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In Conversation with Brendan Kennelly

Listen to this wonderful recording on poetry with Brendan Kennelly. Brendan is joined in the conversation with his sister Nancy.
He talks on poetry, tips on writing, shares nuggets of wisdom, education, nature, spirituality and life, love and advice, and family.
Brendan recalls an interview with Gay Byrne where they talked about Cromwell and he recites his poem 'Begin'.
Brendan says that "Poetry is an act of discovery ... that the word begin, used for the title of his poem 'Begin', is one of the great words in history ... a good beginning is half the work ... poetry is to be loved".
#FallingInLoveWithPoetry #BrendanKennelly #Begin
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Laughter is wine for the soul--laugh soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm... Once we can laugh, we can live..

 

Sean O'Casey

 

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Dirty Linen: a personal history of Northern Ireland

Dirty Linen: a personal history of Northern Ireland | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Martin Doyle on growing up in a Northern Ireland shrouded in bigotry and violence
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In Conversation with Brendan Kennelly

Listen to this wonderful recording on poetry with Brendan Kennelly. Brendan is joined in the conversation with his sister Nancy.
He talks on poetry, tips on writing, shares nuggets of wisdom, education, nature, spirituality and life, love and advice, and family.
Brendan recalls an interview with Gay Byrne where they talked about Cromwell and he recites his poem 'Begin'.
Brendan says that "Poetry is an act of discovery ... that the word begin, used for the title of his poem 'Begin', is one of the great words in history ... a good beginning is half the work ... poetry is to be loved".
#FallingInLoveWithPoetry #BrendanKennelly #Begin
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The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives

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The Irish Embassy in London and the National Archives of Ireland in partnership with the British Academy and the Royal Irish Academy, present a special exhibition "The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives" at the British Academy, London.
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Aaron Monaghan reads Patrick Kavanagh's 'The Hospital' | Coole Park Poetry Series 2021

Aaron Monaghan reads Patrick Kavanagh's 'The Hospital' as part of the Coole Park Poetry Series 2021.

The 2021 Coole Park Poetry Series celebrates some of the greatest Irish poets of the past century.

Collaborating again with the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, these ten new short films, performed by a cast of 11 actors, have been curated by Colm Tóibín and will be released in order of the poets’ birth dates.

From 19 May for 10 weeks, the films will premiere online every Wednesday at 7pm, free to view on our YouTube channel.

Wed 19 May
Tommy Tiernan reads ‘The Echo at Coole’ by Austin Clarke (b. 1896)

Wed 26 May
Aaron Monaghan reads ‘The Hospital’ by Patrick Kavanagh (b. 1904)

Wed 2 June
Seán McGinley reads ‘Another September’ by Thomas Kinsella (b. 1928)

Wed 9 June
Marty Rea reads an excerpt from ‘Station Island’ by Seamus Heaney (b. 1939)

Wed 16 June
Brian Doherty reads ‘A Disused Shed in County Wexford’ by Derek Mahon (b. 1941)

Wed 23 June
Venetia Bowe reads ‘The Architectural Metaphor’ by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (b. 1942)

Wed 30 June
Jade Jordan reads ‘The Lost Art of Letter Writing’ by Eavan Boland (b. 1944)

Wed 7 July
Andrew Bennett and Rory Nolan read ‘Tullynoe: Tête-à-Tête in the Parish’s Priest’s Parlour’ by Paul Durcan (b. 1944)

Wed 14 July
Marie Mullen reads ‘Cathleen’ by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (b. 1952)

Wed 21 July
Clare Dunne reads ‘This is not a confessional poem’ by Paula Meehan (b. 1955)

As with the first Coole Park poetry series in 2020, these ten new poetry films were shot by Matthew Thompson on location at Coole Park in County Galway, the home of Lady Gregory.

With thanks to our friends at the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Coole Park Nature Reserve.

More info: https://www.druid.ie/productions/coole-park-poetry-series-2021

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Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at ENO

Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at ENO | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Figaro loves Susanna. The Countess loves the Count. The Count loves the chase. Figaro’s marriage is becoming a merry-go-round. Can they get off before it’s too late?
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Described as 'madcap' and 'riotous' this production is directed by Fiona Shaw has been well-received by the critics and  returns to the London Coliseum from now 'til 14 April. 
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The Moth Magazine

The Moth Magazine | Irish Life | Scoop.it
International arts and literature magazine from Ireland
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Gotta short story in the attic of your mind ? It's Competition Time at The Moth Magazine. 
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Danny Denton Reads Nicole Flattery

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  The Stinging Fly Podcast returns for its February edition, with Danny Denton discussing the surreal tragicomedy of Nicole Flattery’s ‘Show Them A Good Time’. The story was first published in our Summer 2016 issue. Nicole Flattery’s short fiction and essays have been published in several leading publications, including the Stinging Fly, the Dublin Review, … Continue reading "Danny Denton Reads Nicole Flattery"
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Festivals in Ireland 2018

Festivals in Ireland 2018 | Irish Life | Scoop.it
I don't know about you but this is the time of year that I usually think ahead to planning holidays. If you are planning on coming to Ireland in 2018 there are some fantastic festivals taking place throughout the year that you might want to include in your visit. Thanks so much to the Irish…
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Poem Of The Week: Quarantine by Eavan Boland

Poem Of The Week: Quarantine by Eavan Boland | Irish Life | Scoop.it

Quarantine

,

In the worst hour of the worst season

  of the worst year of a whole people

a man set out from the workhouse with his wife.

He was walking – they were both walking – north.

 

She was sick with famine fever and could not keep up.

  He lifted her and put her on his back.

He walked like that west and west and north.

Until at nightfall under freezing stars they arrived

.

In the morning they were both found dead.

  Of cold. Of hunger. Of the toxins of a whole history.

But her feet were held against his breastbone.

The last heat of his flesh was his last gift to her.


Let no love poem ever come to this threshold.

  There is no place here for the inexact

praise of the easy graces and sensuality of the body.

There is only time for this merciless inventory:

 

Their death together in the winter of 1847.

  Also what they suffered. How they lived.

And what there is between a man and woman.

And in which darkness it can best be proved.


Eavan Boland


( From www.poets.org - March 25, 2008

  From New Collected Poems by Eavan Boland. Copyright © 2008    by Eavan Boland. Reprinted by permission of W.W. Norton. All rights reserved )

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A dark, unforgettable love poem.
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Benbulben Barite Mine

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Discover Benbulben Barite Mine in Sligo, Ireland: The remains of this deep, dark mine have left behind a haunting rocky warren of tunnels.
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All Strangers Here: diplomatic masters of language

All Strangers Here: diplomatic masters of language | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Book review: Choice to include work by family members makes for a fascinating read
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A Famine Story 

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This beautiful sculpture was built by the Irish people in their own country to honor the American Choctaw Indian tribe. They were grateful because in 1847 the Choctaw people sent money to Ireland when they learned that Irish people were starving due to the potato famine. The Choctaw themselves were living in hardship and poverty, having recently endured the Trail of Tears.

And that is a lesson in how to be a person in this world.

Kindred Spirits is a large stainless steel outdoor sculpture in Bailick Park in Midleton, County Cork, Ireland. The shape of the feathers is intended to represent a bowl of food. 

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I knew of the Choctaw contribution to those suffering from the Famine - I hadn’t heard about this sculpture- how beautiful!
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100 Books by Irish Women Writers

100 Books by Irish Women Writers | Irish Life | Scoop.it
I found a big groove ready waiting for me when I grew up, and in that I was expected to live whether it suited me or not. It did not suit me. It was deep and narrow, and gave me no room to move. Sarah Grand, 1893 When I started Reading Ireland Month three years…
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New book shows how writer John McGahern was brutally honest with friend Seamus Heaney - Independent.ie

New book shows how writer John McGahern was brutally honest with friend Seamus Heaney - Independent.ie | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Writing in April 1984 to his French translator, Alain Delahaye, from his base on the beautiful campus of Colgate University in upstate New York, John McGahern is struck by the artistic integrity of the visiting poet, Yves Bonnefoy – Delahaye’s countryman, and a writer who would become part of McGahern’s private imaginative pantheon over the following years.
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Seamus Heaney and the Hedge School of Glanmore

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‘Glanmore saved my creative life’ – a new Seamus Heaney HomePlace exhibition celebrates the poet’s Wicklow years
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IN CONVERSATION WITH DUKE SPECIAL - 4 CORNERS FESTIVAL 2021

IN CONVERSATION WITH DUKE SPECIAL - 4 CORNERS FESTIVAL 2021 | Irish Life | Scoop.it
I have been like a child in a toy shop these past few 4 Corners Festivals as I had the great joy of interviewing some of my favourite singers. Known as In Conversation With… I have thoroughly enjoyed talkin
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Camille O'Sullivan: The Carny Dream - Wilton's

Camille O'Sullivan: The Carny Dream - Wilton's | Irish Life | Scoop.it
The world's oldest surviving Grand Music Hall, Wilton's is a stunning and atmospheric building that produces a diverse programme including theatre, music, dance, film and heritage events.
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Irish-French smoky-sounding chantuese Camille O'Sullivan has foind the oerfect fit for her stage show here in Wilton's. If in London in April and you have a thing about miaows, book, do not hesitate, this is special. 
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Roz Purcell’s Active Weekends: Six super tips for Sligo and Donegal

Roz Purcell’s Active Weekends: Six super tips for Sligo and Donegal | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Planning an active weekend away? I’ve made it my mission to see more of Ireland, ticking off village by village, hike by hike and café b
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Roll on summer !
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John McGahern: priceless insights into his art

John McGahern: priceless insights into his art | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Melvyn Bragg, Roy Foster, Paula Meehan and others offer a refreshing diversity of critical approaches to a great writer
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Creative Dublin: James Earley, Street Artist

Creative Dublin: James Earley, Street Artist | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Dublin.ie talks to street artist James Earley. By spray painting concepts onto walls Earley proves that street art is more than just stylistic.
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Report from the Field: Poets on Strike, Irish Women Poets and the Canon

Report from the Field: Poets on Strike, Irish Women Poets and the Canon | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Report from the Field: Poets on Strike, Irish Women Poets and the Canon
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TateShots: Dorothy Cross

"Working from a remote studio on the west coast of Ireland, Cross often uses the remains of dead animals or other found natural materials in her sculptures."

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Buzzin For Busáras.

Buzzin For Busáras. | Irish Life | Scoop.it

  'Waiting for the 109 at Busáras to Navan or Cavan or whatever part of the shticks you’re off to, you probably don’t think, “what a fine building this is”.'

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