The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Sunday at 7.30pm

The Poetry Programme Friday 25 December 2020

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

You can contact the Poetry Programme by emailing, tweeting @PoetryProgRTE, or on our Facebook page

Coming up in the Poetry Programme on Sunday 24th January, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Kerry Hardie and John O'Donnell join Olivia O’Leary to read new poems inspired by nature, loss and wonder.  

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.

A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

Series Producer: Claire Cunningham. Researcher: Adam Wyeth. Executive Producer for RTÉ: Elizabeth Laragy

The Poetry Programme

The Poetry Programme

Poetry from Louis de Paor and Jessica Traynor and music from Martin Hayes on the Christms Poetry Programme, presented by Olivia O'Leary. A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.

The Poetry Programme, Christmas Day 2020

Olivia O'Leary presents an hour of poetry, music and conversation in the Christmas Poetry Programme at 6 pm on Christmas Day on RTÉ Radio 1.

Louis de Paor brings us Christmas poems in Irish and English, both his own and by Máirtín Ó Direáin, Sorley MacLean and the satirist John Clarke.  Jessica Traynor reads three poems and shares a memory of a childhood Christmas and a cherished gift from her father which has now been handed on to her own daughter. She also considers some of those who may be looking forward to Christmas with trepidation. We have music and chat with the incomparable fiddle-player Martin Hayes, who also reads a poem by Seamus Heaney.

Louis de Paor (Credit Portráidí na Scríbhneoirí Gaeilge project)

Martin Hayes

Jessican Traynor

Also in the programme are readings of poems suited to the time of year from Maeve O’Sullivan, Mark Ward, Michael O’Loughlin, Polina Cosgrave, Mícheál McCann and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.

The Poetry Programme is available to listen back to after broadcast on the RTÉ radio player.

The Poetry Programme is a Rockfinch production for RTÉ. Series Producer: Claire Cunningham. 

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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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