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    Essay: learning to love Irish poetry

    Daniel Seery with an essay about learning to appreciate poetry written in the Irish language (includes reading of the Irish poem “Cumann na bPíobairí” by Biddy Jenkinson)

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    "Deireadh na Feide/Last Blast" by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

    “Deireadh na Feide/Last Blast” (a poem about a whistling language that used to exist in the Pyrenees) read by Irish-language poet Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh whose latest collection of poetry is “Tost agus Allagar” (published by Coisceim)

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    "Doing The Past" by Paula Meehan

    Paula Meehan reads her poem ‘Doing The Past’ which features in the new special-edition book “16”, an anthology of poetry and art from the past and the present inspired by the 1916 Rising (published by Stoney Road Press with An Post and Poetry Ireland)

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    St Patrick's Day commemorative stamp designed by John Kindness

    Belfast artist John Kindness explains why when he was commissioned by An Post to design a commemorative stamp for St Patrick's Day he chose a less familiar image of our patron saint – the teenage boy Patrick as a tethered slave

    Full details:  www.anpost.ie/AnPost/IrishStamps/Home/

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    "In The Shadow Of The State", a project by visual artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones

    Visual artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones explain their collaborative project “In The Shadow Of The State”, an exploration of statehood ‘from the perspective of the female body; it will also incorporate a series of live events in historically resonant spaces in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain

    Full details:  www.artscouncil.ie/in-the-shadow-of-the-state  

    Official website:  www.intheshadowofthestate.org   

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    Arts News and artist Jesse Jones to represent Ireland at Venice Biennale 2016

    with Abie Philbin Bowman - major coup for Irish Museum of Modern Art which secures a long term loan of works by Lucien Freud, two Irish authors longlisted for Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction, 8-part drama from 1966 "Insurrection" to be shown on RTÉ television; visual artist Jesse Jones selected to represent Ireland at Venice Biennale 2016 

    Listen to interviews with Lisa McInerney (7 April 2015) and Anne Enright (8 May 2015) at this link -   www.rte.ie/radio1/arena/category/books/ 

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    "Irrintzina", a poem by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

    “Irrintzina” (a poem about a shouting language from the Basque country in Spain) read by Irish-language poet Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh whose latest collection of poetry is “Tost agus Allagar” (published by Coisceim)

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    "Rianta/Traces", a poem by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

    “Rianta/Traces” (a poem in memory of Jean McConville and the women and children of the Mother & Baby Home in Tuam) read by Irish-language poet Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh whose latest collection of poetry is “Tost agus Allagar” (published by Coisceim)

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    "Temple Street Children's Hospital", a poem by Dermot Bolger

    Dermot Bolger reads his poem “Temple Street Children’s Hospital”, a reflection on the amount of time he spent with his mother at the hospital going to speech therapy as a child; his latest collection is “That Which Is Suddenly Precious” (published by New Island)

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