Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cork Spring Poetry Festival 2015

Cork Spring Poetry Festival 2015

Ireland's largest poetry festival runs from February the 11th to the 14th and promises to be something of a stellar affair with some of the country's best known poets and writers in attendances. The programme outline is a feast of workshops, readings, book launches, prize givings, magazine presentations, anthologies etc. You name it. Of local interest are the poets Tom French whose latest collection "Midnightstown" was published in 2014~and yet to read~ and of course Peter Fallon of the Gallery Press whose own collection "Strong, My Love" was also published this year. So if you should find yourself in that neck of the woods or just fancy a little break after the Christmas, or from the humdrum of the everyday, or whatever, this might be the thing. A couple of links to check out on the above are                   

Well worth a look!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Among The Breffni Hills/Felix Halton

Among The Breffni Hills/Felix Halton

This is a beautifully produced book and contains some of the many fine poems, tributes and narratives composed by Felix in his lifetime. A native of Drumgore, County Cavan, Felix was a gifted traditional poet who recorded in rhyme both the issues and incidents of the everyday and his genuine affection and love of both people and animals shines through. Compiled by Bridie Halton the above is something of a must have for those with connections to the Cavan/Longford area. Copies sure to be had in that region and will be available in the post office in Trim in the near future, or I'm sure any member of The Meath Writers' Circle can source you one. Priced at €15 and published by . 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Navan Junior Writers' Group Christmas Readings!

Navan Junior Writers' Group Christmas Readings!

Made into the Library in Navan for the Christmas readings and prize givings by the Navan group. Facilitated by Edel Gillick, who has taken over from Tommy Murray, the junior writers entertained with stories and songs and Christmas carols and just about everyone read a poem or two. A writing competition is to be sponsored by the Meath Writers' Circle sometime in the new year and was announced by Willie Hodgins. This should take place perhaps around Easter. Sean Reilly was his usual peerless self and gave a lovely rendition of Silent Night while one the Junior Writers read the words in both German and Irish. Edel remarked upon the importance of creative space and just what happens when you allow children (or indeed anyone) a little time and encouragement. A nice lead into Christmas. 

Sean Reilly

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

More Songs & Poems!

"More Songs & Poems" CD.

Jimmy Peppard and Michael Sheils

Last Saturday night saw the launch of the above CD in Jack Quinn's of Scurlogstown. Recorded live at The Haymaking Festival in the Porchfields during the Summer it features a number of local poets and artists some of whom performed on the night. But it was also a night of story telling and song and Christmas Carols from Margaret and Ciara Geraghty also one from Brendan Cummins. Tales from Dunsany Castle and Swainstown House livened up the night though most of the staff who worked on these estates have long passed on. The mikes gave more than a little trouble but James Linnane came to the rescue and read a poem or two himself. A copy of the recording can be had for the princely sum of €5 and sure to be available around Trim or from any member of the committee. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Meath Writers' Circle/Christmas Party!

Christmas Party Photos/ The Meath Writers' Circle

Just some of the photos taken at the party in the Trim Castle Hotel. And a Happy Christmas to all!!

Christmas Tree.
Noel French and Willie G. Hodgins
Sean Kane and Eugene Kane
James Linnane
Claire Kane and Bridie Halton
Attracta Moore and Husband
Michael Sheils and Peggy Murphy
Tess Ryan and Husband
Paul Martin

Sean Reilly and Verona Pentony
Eugene Kane and Claire Kane

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

"A day in Dublin" Poem.

"A day in Dublin" Poem.

I paid a visit to Dublin a number of years back around this time of year or just coming up to Christmas and it was really cold. Anyway down around Stephen's Green the shoppers were stepping over a man lying on the street and I gave him a few coins before some young guy tried to help him to his feet. It was in the middle of the Celtic tiger and there was enough money to solve the homeless crisis then and then some! Likewise the problems in the hospitals. A few days ago a man died on the street within fifty metres of the Dail and they're still talking trickle down....

A day in Dublin

Downstairs in Busaras
From Google Images
They fumble for change
Mad concourse.
Halogen yellow signs
Blurring the announcements.
Outside the Luas
Glides quietly by.
Urban chic.
Baltic blondes crossing
Against the lights
And the noise on
O' Connell Street,
The Spire
A blind eye.
Blending to indifference
The word on the street
Prada, Gucci and
Jimmy Choo,
The hustle,
In the record stores
They're playing Dylan
And damien O
Do you hear what I hear
Christmas Carols.
On Stephen's Green
A man lies...

On a piece of cardboard
On the coldest day.

Frank Murphy.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Book Launch!!

"Reflections of Time" Verona Pentony

St Audeon's Church Cornmarket Street Dublin
From Google Images
Verona Pentony invites you to join her on Thursday the 11th of December at 7pm for the launch of her second book of poems "Reflections of Time". The venue is the above and there seems to be quite a bit of history about the place so worth checking out on google. Another church of the same name quite close. A catholic one from the nineteenth century, so don't mix them up! Verona has been a member of The Meath Writers' Circle for a number of years now and would love to see you there.
 RSVP . Tel: 086 8734306.
Previous publication: "Reflections from the Heart" .
 So if you're a lover of poetry why not drop in on the night. I believe there is a lucky stone there so you can make a wish!