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)

Impressions of Dublin 8 - An exhibition of prints and poets at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

An exhibition of illustrated broadside of poems taken from the anthology, If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth and published by Dedalus Press) opens in the gallery space in the National College of Art and Design in Thomas Street next Tuesday 21st October at 1pm.

Dublin: One City, One Book 2015

Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service is delighted to announce that Roddy Doyle’s The Barrytown Trilogy is the Dublin: One City One Book Choice for 2015.

Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes says “Dublin: One City One Book is about bringing Dublin’s literature to a wider audience. The Barrytown Trilogy is sure to help us to build on the incredible success the initiative has enjoyed. Dublin City Public Libraries will produce an imaginative festival programme which will animate the book through music, film and public readings in April 2015.”

The Barrytown Trilogy, published by Vintage, brings Roddy Doyle’s three acclaimed novels featuring the unforgettable Rabbitte family together in one volume.

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One City, One Book: Dublin in Print

UCD has opened registration for One City, One Book: Dublin in Print. This course will run for eight weeks in February and March in Pearse Street Library, Dublin . Full course details are available at

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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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