In this bi-lingual radio documentary some of Nuala's translators and critics join producer Cahtal Poirteir to examine 'Mermaids out of water - Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill agus an Mhurúch'.
Cathal talks to Nuala Ni Dhonhnaill.
With translations by Muldoon, Dorgan McGuckian and commentary by Nic Eoin and Caoimhghin Mac Giolla Leith.
Probably the best known contemporary poet writing in the Irish language, Nuala draws upon the wealth of images available in Irish folklore in her work, and an important image in recent work has been the mermaid.
In Nuala's imagination the merpeople are very much fish out of water, symbols of cultural and personal trauma, a community in transition and denial.
Produceed by Cathal Póirtéir
Music An Mhaighdeán Mhara by Chieftains.
"Mermaids Out of Water: Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill agus an Mhuruch" was first broadcast on 26th March 2003.
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries