Saturday, July 28, 2018


Here's a nice take on "Coney Island". Loaded by Emiliano Ecco. With thanks.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

An Tobar/Poetry for Pleasure ~ July 2018!

An Tobar/Poetry for Pleasure ~ July 2018!

The theme for this month's get together was journeying or travel in some form or other and the meeting attracted a fair old attendance with about seventeen people there in all. The poetry read was an interesting mix of both modern and old favourites followed by a little light refreshments afterwards.  "Tel Aviv" by Ronan Rodgers was the opening contribution which was an interesting take on the Eurovision and who knows? Other pieces read included, "An Englishman Abroad" by myself, "The Road to Kinsale" by Aubrey De Vere, "The Weary Traveller" by Willie G. Hodgins, "Hollyhead" by Jonathan Swift, "The Road not Taken" by Robert Frost, "Originally" by Carol Ann Duffy, "Memo of a Camel Man" by Joseph Richard Dunne, "To Trust in the Not Knowing" by Marion Murphy, "The Caravelles" by Sir John Squires, "Cambodia" by Lee Crowell, " The Journey Home" Maura/ Eamon Flanagan, "Clouds" by Eugene Kane, "Madrigals and Ploughing" by Giovanni Pascalli, translated by Seamus Heaney? Not sure on those! " The Washer Woman" by Seamus Heaney, "Shoe Shore" by Pheme Glass and "The Road Home" Gillian Allnutt. A few there I'm not familiar with! Also a writing group from Raheny, Dublin joined us on the night.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Children's Poetry Competition/Photos!

Children's Poetry Competition/Photos

Sean Reilly, Bridie Halton and Eugene Kane
At the Children's Poetry Awards
In Navan Library
(Saturday 14th of July)
One of the winning trophies

Monday, July 16, 2018

Poetry for Pleasure/AnTobar Ardbraccan.

Poetry for Pleasure Group 2018
An Tobar, Ardbraccan, Co Meath
                     Tuesday evening 17th July at 7.30pm
 Guiding Theme: Journey and travel     
For further information please feel welcome to contact: 
Ø Jim Owens 087 967 6728,  Email:
Ø Carol Owens  Email:
Ø Jackie Smyth (An Tobar) 046 9078973                                               email:
The Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month (No meeting in August)
Everybody welcome

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Children's Poetry Competition Results!

Children's Poetry Competition Results 2018!

Our Children's Poetry Competition attracted entries from all over Ireland, though two local schools featured strongly in the number of entries received. (Dunsany and Bohermeen). The awards' ceremony was held in the Meath County Library, Navan on yesterday afternoon and we'd like to thank everyone there for their cooperation and assistance in allowing us the use of their premises. Also a word of thanks to all who entered and especially to those who travelled long distances to be with us on the day. 

(11 - 13)

Joint First- Nicole Mc Fadden, My Favourite Memory
Joint First- Thomas Balfe, My Favourite Pot Noodle
Second- Sadhbh David-Ní Laoire, Barra McCloskey and Grace Lyons
 (My Favourite Creature, My Favourite Place and Art - My Favourite)
Third - Emily Brooks, Halloween

Highly Commended: Kyle Gilsenan, Annie McCabe, Luke Griffin, Abbey Coffey, Keelan McKenna

(8 - 10)

 First - Lily Casey, My Favourite Month
 Second - Isabel Wallace, Off to Polish the Sun
 Third -  Sophia Grace Christie, Scarlett Leonard
             (Unicorn, St. Patrick)

Highly Commended: Síofra O' Connor, Juliette Carroll - Breen, Grace Amos, Bob Maye, Ruby Mc Morrow

* Again a very big thank you to all who came and to everyone who entered!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Kathleen Mavourneen - a popular Civil War song, from the Gettysburg soun...

One of the best known ballads of the nineteenth century it was popularized by the Irish singer Catherine Hayes and became something of a standard after she sang it for Queen Victory in 1849. Much of the detail about it is given in the video above and its association with the American Civil War can be traced back to the memoirs of Almira Hancock and a dinner party in the early summer of 1861 in Los Angeles, California. Told also in Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Killer Angels, Brigadier General Lewis A. Armisted at the home of his best friend, Union Major General Winfield Scott sang the song with Hancock and his wife Almira before returning to fight for the Confederacy. Also present at the party were two other Confederate generals, Albert Sidney Johnson and Richard Garnett and it is said Johnson's wife sang the song. One for the historians! Johnson would die at Shiloh, Garnett and Armisted as part of Pickett's charge on the third day of the battle of Gettysburg. They were attacking Hancock's position, and Hancock himself would be seriously wounded as a result of the charge. Mavourneen is a term of endearment in Gaelic. With thanks to "Chatham 62" who posted and youtube. The battle of Gettysburg began on the 1st of July 1863.   

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Meath Writers' Circle/July Meeting 2018!

The Meath Writers' Circle/July Meeting 2018!

Last Thursday night's meeting of The Meath Writers' Circle had eight in attendance, which given the beautiful weather outside wasn't bad. I believe a steam engine event in the aid of charity was taking place, or going through at the same time. The magazine is now closed and only a few finishing touches required before sending to the printer. Our children's poetry competition awards are in Navan Library next Saturday and everyone is welcome to drop in. (2.30 pm) We finished the night with stories and poems before heading back out in the late sun. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Boyne Berries 23!

Boyne Berries 23!

Boyne Berries 23 is an interesting mix of both poetry and prose and as noted in the intro; "In the centenary year of women's suffrage, contains the work of 18 women and 13 men." The very first issue was published back in the spring of 2007, and with an introduction by our own Tommy Murray, and since then has published contributions from writers who are both local and from much further afield, attracting submissions from all over the world. Reading through the content, the influence of those who are not there is framed in a number of ways and the influence of poets who are absent makes for some interesting contrast. The short story or prose section section has a variety of subject matter, and cherry picking; "i love you more than anything you could do in the future or say in the past" would make it into any collection. Cherry picking from the poetry section it has to be Brendan Carey Kinnane's "Tea." Boyne Berries 23 was launched by Rachel Coventry and more details and info are available over on the Boyne Berries Blogsite. Link to the right. Orla Fay is editor.