The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Saturday 1 October 2016

Olivia O’Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry in The Poetry Programme on Sundays at 7:30 pm.

In the Poetry Programme on Sunday 26th May at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1 Olivia O'Leary is joined by poets Mary Noonan and Ciarán O’Rourke, and we hear a reading by Mary's late partner, Matthew Sweeney, who died last year.

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You can also listen back to all previous programmes in the Programme Archive (see above right).

The Poetry Programme: For everyone who loves poetry. And those who just don’t know it yet.

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Series Producer: Claire Cunningham. Executive Producer for RTÉ: Elizabeth Laragy

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme's Culture Night show with Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Elaine Feeney, Dave Lordan and music from 1916-Visionaries And Their Words. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Saturday 1st October

On Culture Night, on 16 September last, presenter Rick O’Shea was joined by poets and musicians for the recording of a special episode of the Poetry Programme before an audience in the Coach House of Dublin Castle.

Recent winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature Doireann Ní Ghríofa reads new and old poems in English and Irish, Elaine Feeney reads from the title poem of her forthcoming collection ‘Rise’, and Dave Lordan gives a powerful performance of a poem about the survivors of institutional abuse. The programme ends with a stunning musical setting of Joseph Mary Plunkett’s poem ‘Daybreak’ by musicians Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Íde Nic Mhathúna, Daire Bracken and Eamonn Galldubh from the show ‘1916-Visionaries And Their Words’.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa by Pat Boran

Elaine Feeney

Dave Lordan

The musicians from '1916-Visionaries And Their Words'

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Olivia O'Leary explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

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Lorcan Mac Mathuna/Ide Nic Mhathuna/Eamonn Galldubh/Daire Bracken




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