Such Riches by Donal McCaffrey (Excerpt)

It is a respect for words
in a tribute paid by a city to itself
Reflecting the fact that the poets
in the first instance
felt moved enough by the city
to gift it with the words and sentiments it evoked from them.


View Poems Inspired by Dublin.

"Yeats: The Life and Works of WB Yeats"
(from the National Library of Ireland)

Tracing the Lines Exhibition

Tracing the Lines posterTracing the Lines Exhibition will be on display in RIAI Architecture Centre, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 from Monday 26th - Friday 30th May 9:30 - 5pm.

Beautiful pen drawings by the award winning architect John Dorman illustrate corners of the city captured in the poems and writings of many other past and present Irish poets ranging from Austin Clarke to Phil Lynott and Dermot Bolger. The images of Phil Lynott based on his song Dublin and St Werburgh’s Church based on Peter Sirr’s poem Madly Singing in the City are just  two of the 39 drawings sketched over five weeks as a companion to the 2014 book choice for Dublin’s One City One Book Festival If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song.

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Dublin: a City Made of Stories?

Dublin: a City Made of Stories panel Nessa O'Mahony, Ellen Rowley, Garrett Fagan, Kelly Fitzgerald and Niamh PuirséilWhat do we think of when we think of Dublin?

How has the history and physical shape of the city influenced its poems, songs and stories? How do poems, songs, stories, history and the built environment create our sense of Dublin as a city?  Join Garrett Fagan, for a lively panel discussion on what makes Dublin the city that it is.

Listen to a recording of ‘Dublin: a City Made of Stories?’  Poets, folklorists, historians and city geographers discuss how poems, songs, stories, history and the physical space  create our sense of Dublin as a city.  This event was organised by Garrett Fagan, and was held in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street on Saturday, 12 April.

Pictured left-right: Nessa O'Mahony, Ellen Rowley , Garrett Fagan, Kelly Fitzgerald and Niamh Puirséil

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Celebrating Seamus Heaney

Read a lovely review piece on Celebrating Seamus Heaney in the National Concert Hall on 23rd April

If you missed this very special event you can listen back on RTÉ Radio 1 (broadcast 27th April).

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Final UCD Scholarcast now available

Peter SirrThe final UCD Scholarcast, 'Writing the City', is by Peter Sirr, who has published several poetry collections with Gallery Press, the most recent of which is The Thing Is (2009), for which he received the Michael Hartnett Award.

Dublin's Fair City

Listen to Dublin's Fair City on RTÉ Radio 1's Arena programme. This event was recorded in St. George's Hall, Dublin Castle on Wednesday 9th April

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