|Front Lawn/An Tobar|
The theme of last night meeting at An Tobar was the festival of Easter and perhaps as many as nineteen in all turned out for what was an interesting mix of poetry and song. Sean Reilly closed off with an excellent rendition of, "Were you There" and it really was fine singing. Chaired by Jim Owens the poetry read included almost everything that is associated with this time of the year from Resurrection to the changing of the seasons and the poets read included, Gerald Manly Hopkins, Padraic Colum, John Boyle O Reilly, Francis Ledwidge, William Spencer, Maya Angelou, Les Murray, Bernadette McCarrick, Paddy Hyland, and I think someone also read a William Blake poem and that was just some of them. One of the highlights of the night though I thought was the reading of Louise Scott's, "The Passion of the Christ" which was published in her book "The Lightkeeper and Other Poems" back maybe about ten years ago. A number of those who attended read their own work and with great feeling. An Tobar is located just outside Navan at Ardbraccan and the group meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm. The next meeting is on Tuesday the 16th of May with a theme on the Northern poets or the Province itself.