Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Meath Writers' Circle Video (2) October 2012

Eugene Kane

This is a second video from Eugene Kane the other one is further back and is a tribute to Joe Dolan. Eugene has been a member of The Meath Writers' Circle for about a year and this poem is dedicated to his son. Give a listen!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Meath Writers' Circle (Recording)

The Meath Writers' Circle (Recording)

Ronan Gorry
A second round of recordings for the forthcoming or proposed CD took place on Thursday night last when Ronan Gorry returned and those who were unavailable or otherwise engaged on the first occasion recited a poem or two. Should be interesting to hear how it all turns out and what the final product looks like. I believe Sean Kane has a book of poems coming out and there's a haunting suspicion on something to do with Halloween. A local connection or two and we're not short of spirits out here. Every crossroads. Michael Farry has a new history book out and for those who are interested in the politics or the history of the Sligo area during the "Troubles" this could be worth checking out. Click on the link over to the right for further details. Yet to pick up a copy of "Boyne Berries" but it will have to wait until I make it into Trim in daylight. Any week now. Someone keeps clicking on "The Lost Roads..." hope it's not a computer!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Meath Writers' Circle Video (1) October 2012

Carmel Murray

Carmel has been a member of The Meath Writers' Circle for the past year or so and has a number of videos posted here. She is also a member of The Scurlogstown Olympiad Committee and is active in a number of local groups as well. She did a brilliant take on this at the launch of of the "Dunshaughlin My Home Town DVD". Ably assisted by....  better not say! 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2012.

The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award 2012

Francis Ledwidge/ Google Images
For those of you with a poem or two the above competition has a closing date of November the 5th so time to get moving. There are cash prizes and a trophy to be won and the first three poems will be entered in the Forward Prize UK should you be so lucky. There are also merit certificates for the finalists and the winner will be invited to read at the annual Francis Ledwidge Commemoration at the National War Memorial Gardens in July 2013. 

Rules: Poems must be the competitors own work and not previously published or broadcast
            Poems should not exceed 40 lines of type.
            Entry fee is €4 per poem, three poems for €10.
            Max. 6 poems for €20.
            Make payable to the Inchicore Ledwidge Society.
            Less than 20 years, state your age.

Name and address and telephone number on separate sheet. 
S.A.E. or e-mail address for winners' list.
Poems will not be returned.
All entries to be submitted before November 5th.

Send your entries to: The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award
                                C/O 43, Emmet Crecent.
                                Inchicore, Dublin 8.

Winners will be notified and results will be announced at the annual awards night. Enquiries to 085 1425752.
And they have a Facebook page: Inchicore Ledwidge Society.

Worth entering this given the Meath connections and that a lot of local writers have picked something at the awards, though it's been a while since I've been to Inchicore. And if you're not local good luck anyway!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DVD Launch Fergie's Kilmessan

DVD Launch Fergie's

Sorry I didn't get the start of this folks but here's Paul singing "Blaze Away" and hopefully it plays ok! There are other videos from the night over on "The Sheriff from Navan" site and worth a look. Just click on the link to the right! Oh for fast broadband. But might get to load the longer ones in the future. Have a listen to this!                

Sunday, October 14, 2012

"Dunshaughlin My Home Town" DVD Launch" (Video)

DVD Launch (Video)

This is Peggy reciting her poem "Dunshaughlin" at the launch. Other videos from the launch to follow.

"Dunshaughlin My Home Town" DVD Launch

DVD Launch

Joan Rattigan and Peggy Murphy

A large crowd turned out on Friday night last in Fergie's of Kilmessan for the launch of Peggy Murphy's DVD collection of poems and stories with contributions in song, storytelling, poetry and humour and just being there. Paul Hennessy did the honours for the launch and entertained everyone with his fine collection of  music and ballads and a voice that just has to be heard. But there were others and John Byrne proved that when it comes to humour and stand up he can hold his own but we won't milk that one any further! Donie Clynch of Dunsany was also on hand and I managed to record a few videos myself that I should be able to load in the future, with a bit of luck! Carmel Murray and Willie G. Hodgins of The Meath Writers' Circle recited a poem or two and then one together and I managed to resist the baying of the mob and only recited an "Encore". Fr. Toner said a few words as did Michael Murphy and Michael Kearney of Kilmessan sang a few of his favourite songs. So with thanks to everyone who came and the staff in Fergie's for their help and not forgetting Ferfie himself. .

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Meath Writers' Circle "Recording"

The Meath Writers' Circle "Recording"

Paul Martin
Ronan Gorry who recorded the Folklore C.D. at the Scurlogstown Olympiad this year was out on Thursday night at The Castle Hotel to record some members of The Meath Writers' Circle and it will be interesting to hear what it all sounds like Everyone who was there read at least one poem and Ronan is returning next time with some music and hopefully a few more will be included on the disc.The above is Paul Martin reading one of his poems or was that a Gary Snyder, have to wait!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Desmond O' Grady Poetry Competition

The Desmond O' Grady Poetry Competition

Limerick from Google Images
This is a competition I came across on The Stammering Poet blogsite and one worth having a look at, it's free! More details over on the site or go to link They have a postal address as well for those who are so inclined but the above is easy to use and why not give it a go! The closing date for this competition is the 31st of October coming so best to get moving. The contact phone number is 00353 86 8657494. Good luck! The Stammering Poet and Emerging Writer blogsites are worth tracking for information on what's on out there and must take up a lot of their time. Well done guys!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

All Ireland Poetry Day Navan Library 2012

All Ireland Poetry Day Navan Library 2012
Crowd Scene

Peggy Murphy

Paul Martin

Tommy Murray

Michael Sheils

Michael Farry.

Just some of the readers who were in Navan Library for the All Ireland Poetry night. Pieces read were from W. B. Yeats, Edward Thomas, Leonard Cohen, Philip Larkin, Felix Dennis, William Wordsworth, Hilaire Belloc, Gary Synder, Jenny Joseph, Thomas Grey, MacDara Woods, Peggy Murphy, Carmel Murray and John Wiseman  and others who read their own work! And there were some whose names escape me at this hour!

Friday, October 5, 2012

All Ireland Poetry Day Navan Library 2012

All Ireland Poetry Day Navan 2012

Made it into Navan Library last night for the poetry readings having managed to negotiate my way around the different roadworks and arrive only fifteen minutes late and take a few photographs as well! This though is a video of Tom French reading a poem by MacDara Woods and give a listen. One of the features of these events is that you get to hear a lot of poets or poems you wouldn't otherwise come across and last night there was a few. Willie G. Hodgins read one about travelling on trains and a toilet and a light coming on and it never happened in The Tower of Song! Myself I stuck to Philip Larkin and Felix Dennis. Paying safe I know! Some of the photos to be loaded next time.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Dunshaughlin My Home Town" DVD Launch

DVD Launch Peggy Murphy

Picture: Courtesy Bren Murray Dunshaughlin

Peggy Murphy is launching a DVD of her poetry collection (Dunshaughlin My Home Town) in Fergie's of Kilmessan on Friday the 12th of October at 7.30 PM. All are welcome where we hope to have music, poetry and song and even a few refreshments for those who are so inclined or are prepared to brave the elements. Paul Hennessy who was a member of both the "Irish Tenors" and "Celtic Tenors" and who is the man who created the DVD will be on hand to launch the disc and might even be prevailed upon to sing a few songs. Donie Clynch of Dunsany ,another well known musician has also promised to turn out and if the time should allow who knows what will happen. We're working on Springsteen! Be there!. DVD will retail at €10 Euro.

Monday, October 1, 2012

"I Remember When" Book Launch!

Book Launch! Bernadette Dowd.

Elizabeth Carty and Bernadette Dowd
Made it up to the Pastoral centre in Dunshaughlin on Saturday morning for the launch of Bernadette Dowd's book~ I Remember When~ which chronicles her life and memories and those of her father's time growing up in the Dunshaughlin of the thirties and forties. The book is printed by and you can check out the link for more info. Yet to read it myself. Elizabeth Carty who surely needs no introduction, being one of Ireland;s best known short story writers, did the honours for the occasion and a large crowd turned out for what was a lively event. I have to mention that the sandwiches and spread laid out ensured that nobody left hungry and I dropped in to the photographic exhibition or presentation on the way out.