On the Poetry Programme on Sunday 15th April at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 presenter Olivia O’Leary is joined by Irish language poet Louis de Paor and bilingual poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa for a fascinating discussion and gorgeous readings in both Irish and English. 

Award-winning poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa was born in Galway, grew up in Clare, and now lives in Cork. She has published one collection of poetry in English and three in Irish, and later this year is bringing out a bilingual collection, Lies (Dedalus Press), a selection of her Irish-language poems with English translations. 

Here she is reading the opening section of her poem Leictreachas Statach/Static Electricity. You can hear the full poem in Irish, and an English translation, in the programme on Sunday: 

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Louis de Paor is one of the most celebrated poets in the Irish language. He was born and raised in Cork city and since 2000 has been the Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has published eight collections of poems in Irish and a number of bilingual collections. His bilingual collection The Brindled Cat and the Nightingale’s Tongue and the major anthology of Irish poetry which he edited, Leabhar na hAthghabhála/Poems of Repossession, are both published by Bloodaxe books. 

Here he is reading the opening section of his poem Luascáin/Swings. You can hear the full poem in Irish, and an English translation, in the programme: 

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The Poetry Programme, RTÉ Radio 1, Sundays at 7.30pm