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Notes on resilience by Olivia Fitzsimons

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My son wonders aloud if there are whole communities of people who live in the letter O, who listen to me read stories to him at night. Do you think their houses shake when you make the oooo sound, he asks? Do you think the people in the little O read stories too? His primary … Continue reading "Notes on resilience"
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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..

 

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Growing up in Northern Ireland's Bible belt –

Growing up in Northern Ireland's Bible belt – | Irish Life | Scoop.it
In Ian Cochrane's F for Ferg, the struggle is not with the moral dangers of Ian Paisley’s imagination but with poverty, domestic violence and mental illness
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Notes on resilience by Olivia Fitzsimons

Notes on resilience by Olivia Fitzsimons | Irish Life | Scoop.it
My son wonders aloud if there are whole communities of people who live in the letter O, who listen to me read stories to him at night. Do you think their houses shake when you make the oooo sound, he asks? Do you think the people in the little O read stories too? His primary … Continue reading "Notes on resilience"
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Poguemahone by Patrick McCabe review – unquiet spirits | Patrick McCabe | The Guardian

Poguemahone by Patrick McCabe review – unquiet spirits | Patrick McCabe | The Guardian | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Folklore, superstition and music fuel this funny and frightening epic verse novel about displaced Irish siblings in 70s London
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Concerto! Mozart Flute & Harp Concerto with Dudley Moore & James Galway

The successor to Orchestra!, Concerto! was broadcast on Channel 4 in 1993. Presented by Dudley Moore, it featured great soloists under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas rehearse, discuss and perform great classical concertos, in a fun and informative way.

This edition features flautist James Galway and harpist Marisa Robles and Mozart's Flute & Harp Concerto.
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When I think of the harp and the flute , when I listen to this Mozart Concerto, I think of myself as the harp and my husband Shaun Traynor as the flute.  
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Shaun Traynor, writer, remembered on World Poetry Day 2022

Shaun Traynor, writer, remembered on World Poetry Day 2022 | Irish Life | Scoop.it

Walking Away : New & Selected Poems from Shaun Traynor, London -based Irish writer who died on March 23 2020.  His final collection is available from Amazon.  

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Fiona Shaw The Waste Land by T.S

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Fiona Shaw performing part 1 of The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot. This is from The Wasteland app available for ios on the iPad. It may be my favorite app and I recommend it highly to anyone who loves TS Eliot.https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-waste-land/id427434046?mt=8

I thought that posting this would allow for interesting discussion in the comments. Very naive of me. So I've disabled comments.
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Dervla Murphy: 'If you’re fearless, you don’t need courage'

Dervla Murphy: 'If you’re fearless, you don’t need courage' | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Her travels have taken her all over the world. As she turns 90, trailblazer Dervla Murphy reflects on an extraordinary life.
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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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The Reluctant Carer: Dispatches from the edge of life –

The Reluctant Carer: Dispatches from the edge of life – | Irish Life | Scoop.it
A troubling but important read; an honest, warts-and-all glimpse into the reality of unpaid caring
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FALLEN FROM HEAVE (CAÍDA DEL CIELO) - Rocío Molina

Dublin Dance Festival is delighted to present Fallen From Heaven (Caída Del Cielo) by Rocío Molina, a wild and boundary-breaking star of the flamenco world.  

Fallen From Heaven is a journey between opposing forces. Flamenco’s hallmarks – the passion, the proud stance and piercing eye contact – jostle for position with flashes of the avant-garde and the absurd in a radical celebration of womanhood.  

Performed to live music which combines original composition, flamenco and rock, this daring work transforms a traditional dance form into an explosive, theatrical experience. In this masterful and irreverent exploration, Molina cycles through multiple incarnations of the feminine archetype – from virtuous beauty to bondage-clad toreador to bloodied supernatural being, expertly fusing the fiery intensity of flamenco with a contemporary aesthetic.  

Praised as “a force to be reckoned with, in art and in life”, Rocío Molina has been recognised for her contribution to dance with the coveted Silver Lion Award at the Venice Biennale (2022) and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2018.

Abbey Theatre, on the Abbey Stage  
Tues 24 & Wed 25 May, 7:30pm 
€13 – €40 (concession rates available)  
Book Online: dublindancefestival.ie
https://www.dublindancefestival.ie/events/festival/fallen-from-heaven-ca%C3%ADda-del-cielo

Choreography & Musical Direction Rocío Molina 
Artistic Direction Rocío Molina, Carlos Marquerie 
Performers Rocío Molina (Dancer), Eduardo Trassierra (Guitar), Kiko Peña (Song, Electric Base), José Manuel Ramos “Oruco” (Percussion, Handclapping and Beat), Pablo Martín Jones (Percussion, Electronics)

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Julie Morrissy on how poetry can bring us closer to the women of the revolution years - Independent.ie

Julie Morrissy on how poetry can bring us closer to the women of the revolution years - Independent.ie | Irish Life | Scoop.it
You’re poet-in-residence at the National Library of Ireland — what does that entail? It’s such an exciting role that has opened up new ways of working. I often engage with family and legal archives as secondary material in my poems, but this is the first time I’ve looked at the revolutionary period in depth, particularly the pivotal role of women. I spend time at the National Library in the manuscript archives and reading room, examining documents and reading correspondence between the inspirational women who helped to build Ireland.
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The Actualities - Stephen Sexton - View media - Northern Ireland Screen | Digital Film Archive

The Actualities - Stephen Sexton - View media - Northern Ireland Screen | Digital Film Archive | Irish Life | Scoop.it
Over 117 years of moving images from Northern Ireland, featuring amateur and professional films from 1897 to 2014, brought to you by Northern Ireland Screen.
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The Waste Land (T. S. Eliot) - Fiona Shaw (1995) - Full/Complete

The Waste Land (T. S. Eliot), by Fiona Shaw (1995). Directed by Deborah Warner.
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To celebrate the centenary of TS Eliot’s enduring epic, here is the masterful Fiona Shaw, reading The Wasteland in its entirely. 
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Frank McGuinness – MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland

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Every Life is Many Days is a podcast about James Joyce and his family in the contemporary novel. Presented by Professor Anne Fogarty of the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD and Director of the UCD James Joyce Research Centre, the podcast looks at how the many gaps between Joyce the man and Joyce the writer have in recent years been movingly explored in a number of novels that think about his life in very different ways.

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Sinead O'Connor Raglan Road

Sinead O'Connor Raglan Road from Late Late Show Donal Lunny Tribute
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Morning Song Sinead O’Connor
Morning Poem Patrick Kavanagh

On Raglan Road on an Autumn Day,
I saw her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare
That I may one day rue.
I saw the danger, yet I walked
Along the enchanted way
And I said let grief be a falling leaf
At the dawning of the day.

On Grafton Street in November,
We tripped lightly along the ledge
Of a deep ravine where can be seen
The worst of passions pledged.
The Queen of Hearts still baking tarts
And I not making hay,
Well I loved too much; by such and such
Is happiness thrown away.

I gave her the gifts of the mind.
I gave her the secret sign
That's known to all the artists who have
Known true Gods of Sound and Time.
With word and tint I did not stint.
I gave her reams of poems to say
With her own dark hair and her own name there
Like the clouds over fields of May.

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet,
I see her walking now away from me,
So hurriedly. My reason must allow,
For I have wooed, not as I should
A creature made of clay.
When the angel woos the clay, he'll lose
His wings at the dawn of the day.
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All Strangers Here: diplomatic masters of language

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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

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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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