Saturday, May 21, 2022

TEARS IN RAIN | Why is it so special?

Vangelis~ The Blade Runner.

The Greek composer Vangelis died on Tuesday the 17th of May and the credits to his name are just too numerous to mention. Stunning compositions that are unforgettable. I've loaded the end scene from the Blade Runner before and could have picked something else that he composed the music for; and maybe I will, but another chance to indulge myself. This was loaded by Canadalorian and with thanks. Go to youtube to read the comments on the above. 

Vangelis: Born 29th of March 1943
                 Died 17th of May 2022

Monday, May 16, 2022

Theo Dorgan reads "Ithaca"

Theo Dorgan reads 'Ithaca'

What set me after this reading was a poem sent in for this year's magazine. There are a number of readings of 'Ithaca' out there but I settled for Theo Dorgan's. A favourite poem of Jackie Kennedy and one that was read at her funeral, give a listen and maybe buy a copy of the magazine for another take if we make it there ourselves. From the UCD Special Library Collections and with thanks. Poem written by Constantine Cavafy: April 29th 1863 - April 29th 1933. Check him out!  

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

An Tobar~ Reflection Day!

An Tobar ~ Reflection Day!


Excuse me but I wish to invite you to An Tobar on Saturday. 
You may be interested in an exciting day's reflection in An Tobar, Ardbraccan this coming Saturday.
Upcoming Reflection Day Saturday 14th May 
Facilitator  Aidan Mathews a  poet and prophet, a person with a great way with words is sharing some of the insights of  
The Work of René Girard (1929 - 2015)
Aidan has titled the day's reflections 
'A Gospel for Our Time'
10.00am-4.00pm light lunch included in the cost. Booking Essential.
Call An Tobar office for booking 046 9078973 or more info from 

Jim Owens 087 9676728

Monday, May 9, 2022

The Meath Writers' Circle ~ Bridie Halton.

 The Meath Writers' Circle ~ Bridie Halton.

*The sad news of the passing of one of our long-time members on Friday was a shock to everyone. Bridie Halton was a member of our group for many years and will be remembered for her contributions and fund raising for the group. Her compilation of the poems of her cousin Felix 'Among The Breffni Hills' was a major undertaking, as many of them were not written down and the fundraising event for the launch of the book in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim in December 2014 was a night to be remembered and a brilliant success with all kinds of music and entertainment laid on. She also had a talent for recitations and their performance from memory. She will be missed. Her funeral takes place today in St Joseph's Church, Loughduff in County Cavan at 3pm. May she rest in peace.

Monday, May 2, 2022

The Meath Writers' Circle/Meeting!

 The Meath Writers' Circle/Meeting!

The next meeting of the group will be in Navan Library on Thursday the 5th of May at 7pm. All are welcome. Bring a poem or piece of prose or short story or just drop in for a chat. Apart from one meeting it's been almost two and a half years now since our last get together although we've managed to keep the magazine on track, difficult and all as that was. If you haven't sent in something for this year's issue please do so asap. Time gets short. Hope to see you on Thursday. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Written in the Stars/Poetry Day Ireland!

Written in the Stars/Poetry Day Ireland!

A reminder from Jim Owens that tomorrow is Poetry Day Ireland ~ Theme ~ Written in the Stars. Well day early here goes. This one I wrote a number of years back and it sort of came true.

 Flat Calm

Twiddling the knob
On the radio
Listening to weather 
Sea areas

Scatterings of noise
And traffic
Flat calm
A corpse bobbing
On the ocean
The seismic

The general synopsis

Listening, to
The ebb and flow
Of tides
Lapping on the shorelines
Waiting, for
The tramp of feet.

Frank Murphy

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

An Tobar ~ Poetry for Pleasure!

An Tobar ~ Poetry for Pleasure! 


Hope you had a good Easter and continue to enjoy the rest of Easter week.

Our next poetry session is on Tues 26th April in An Tobar at 7.30pm.
First part of the meeting we are delighted to welcome  Kathleen Miggin who will read some of her own poems.  Thanks to James McConnell for organizing the invitation to Kathleen.
For the last part of the meeting we will continue with our theme on the poetry and life of  Patrick  Kavanagh 
We had a great visit to the Kavanagh  centre and to his grave and that of his wife Katherine Barry Moloney on 26yh March.
Some people for various reasons were not able to make it so we will share some experiences of the visit.
See picture below of the Kavanagh homestead at present. (*) We understand that the poet's grand nephew lives there now. It is not open to the public.
Carol Owens brought a  most interesting article by the poet and novelist Dermot Bulger to our attention.
It tells the story of a refugee family from Ukraine to Ireland during the second world war.
Poetry Day Ireland takes place on Thursday 28 April 2022 and the theme is 'Written in the Stars'. Whether you share a poem, read a poem, speak a poem, participate in a Poetry Day Ireland event or programme your own event on the day, everyone is invited to join in and celebrate. 

See you on Tuesday 26th April le cunamh Dé.

087 9676728

* Note: Difficulty with loading picture of Kavanagh homestead!