Monday, December 30, 2019

Year's End By Richard Wilbur

Searching for a poem of the year ending or a new beginning, I settled on this. Richard Wilbur was an American poet who was born in 1921 and died on October the 14th 2017. He was a Pulitzer Prize winner and United States Poet Laureate. And many more as well. With thanks to BirdCagePictureFilms for posting and of course Richard Wilbur and not forgetting youtube. Have a happy new year folks! 

Monday, December 23, 2019

The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York (Official Video)

Voted the best Christmas song ever and with almost sixty five million hits on the site above hard to argue with that. Kirsty brings more than a little something. Loaded before in 2017 at about forty million!  Enjoy.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

An Tobar: Poerty for Pleasure/December 2019!

An Tobar: Poetry for Pleasure/ December 2019!

Walk: Ardbraccan
The theme for the December meeting was appropriately enough "Christmas" and the opening contribution was by a poet whose material gets a outing on more than the odd occasion. Patrick Kavanagh's Christmas 1939 was the first one read followed by a Clarice Williams poem Christmas Past and then another one by Patrick Kavanagh's Christmas Eve Remembered. Mistletoe by Reginald Arkell is not one I'm familiar with but I came across a reference to Enid Blyton and a connection to the poet at Mistletoe Farm, not too sure but the dangers of it were mentioned more than once or twice and the season that's in it. Sarah Teasdale's Christmas Carol got a reading and a little humour was introduced with John O Brien' s Tangmalangaloo. There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue which is I believe from a Latin text, was read by John Curran and there are a number of pieces out there on youtube. Myself I read my own poem Christmas and also A Christmas Toast - Just Deserts which was followed by Willie G. Hodgins reading The Cradle and Joseph's Dilemma which are also his own poems. Jim Owens read A Gowel - Christmas Magic which is a fine piece composed by himself and the night finished off with Forecast by Jean Kenward and Pauric Colum's A Poor Scholar of the Forties. This I'm told was in the old school books but not one I've heard before. Fine poem though! The theme for the next night is "Hospitality" and the meeting place is just past the gates of An Tobar coming from the Navan direction in Leona Rennick's house. An Tobar is closed for January. 

Monday, December 16, 2019

Poetry for Pleasure/An Tobar, December!

Greetings friends
You are welcome to join us on this Tuesday evening 17th Dec for our last session of the poetry group this year.
Hope the weather will not deter people for joining the fun and the sharing tomorrow evening
Best wishes
You are also welcome to attend a special reflection session on Sunday afternoon 22nd Dec at 3pm in An Tobar
Pull up to the Fire ‘Cois Tine’ 
We know Christmas  is really  a time of sharing, caring and celebrating peace and joy.
 This special evening in An Tobar by the fireside, Cois Tine, provides us with an opportunity to step aside for a while and take  time to nourish the inner spirit.
 The evening will be a time for relaxing the body, quietening the mind, and nourishing the spirit.  
The evening with be a time to share stories, memories, maybe a song, a poem, maybe a piece of scripture, a little silence and if the spirit moves us a wee blast of prayer. 
Sunday afternoon 22nd December from 3pm to 4.30pm followed a cuppa and some festive fare

Poetry for Pleasure Group December 2019
An Tobar, Ardbraccan, Co Meath

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Trim Poetry Festival/Competition!

Trim Poetry Festival/Competition/Launch, Boyne Berries 27!

The above festival takes place on both Friday and Saturday the 13th and 14th of March 2020. The submission deadline for Boyne Berries 27 is fast approaching (Wednesday 1st of January) and guidelines for this are posted on their webpage; link to the right. The Friday evening of the festival will include the launch of the magazine and readings from the contributors. Saturday will have a poetry workshop by festival poet, Anne Tannam.

Trim Poetry Competition

The deadline for this one is the 12th of February and the judges are Michael Farry and Orla Fay. There is quite a substantial prize for the winner and runners up and a shortlist of ten will be posted towards the end of February. Those included will be notified and invited to read at the festival on Saturday afternoon the 14th of March. The winner and shortlisted poems will be published in Boyne Berries 27. Be sure to check out all details and guidelines before entering. 

Michael Farry has further info on this on his webpage; link to the right. Also details are on the competition page of the Poetry Ireland website.  

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The Children of the Nation/Second Issue!

The Children of the Nation/Second Issue!

Having sold out on the first issue a second batch is now available and can be obtained through either Connolly Books or Culture at a cost of €10 or £9. However orders through Jenny Farrell will continue to be €5 including postage and she will be ready to resume posting again after the 23rd of December. This is no small anthology and would make an ideal Christmas gift in that as she points out in the introduction the "readers will find the poems entertaining as well as thought provoking". The title borrows from the Proclamation of the Republic and is a reminder that we've strayed a long way from those beliefs. 

Jenny Farrell/Editor

Fr. Peter McVerry/Launched Anthology.

From the Introduction

The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally.

Still waiting you might say!

The editor Jenny Farrell can be contacted at or text/WhatsApp to 087 783 4213.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Meath Writers' Circle/ December Meeting 2019!

The Meath Writers' Circle/ December Meeting 2019!

Paul Martin and Willie G. Hodgins
The Meath Writer's Circle held its last meeting of the year on Thursday night last with an update on our magazine sales, which are in their hundreds by now, so a good success there. The next meeting will not be until February of 2020 with a long break over the Christmas season so plans on hold until then. A number of things in the pipeline which may or may not come to pass. But as they say; way to go! A happy Christmas to everyone!