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Category Archives: Filíocht (Poetry)

Reclaiming The Past And The Present

Some interesting thoughts on translation and the Irish language from the Cork-based poet Louis de Paor in an interview with Alan O’Riordan in the Irish Examiner: “CAN a poem ever … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Festival Interceltique 2014

Sometimes we need reminding that – whatever our origins – we are not just Irish but Celts too, one of the indigenous peoples of north-western Europe. From a report by … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · 11 Comments

Gabriel Rosenstock, Margadh Na Míol In Valparaíso

Would I be right in suggesting that Gabriel Rosenstock and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill are probably the two greatest living Irish poets? There are many contenders for that title but when … Continue reading

April 1, 2014

The Fatal Strain: Cultism

I’ve always been interested in clandestine military, political or religious groups, be they revolutionary movements, secret societies or arcane cults. Growing up in Ireland one is imbued in a culture … Continue reading

September 17, 2013

Imram 2012, Leonard Cohen And More

Today’s Irish Times has a lengthy examination by Úna Mullally of the Irish arts scene that is well worth reading: “Imram, the Irish-Language Literature Festival takes place from October 11th … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Mícheál Ó hAirtnéide

A quick post to mark a review by Theo Dorgan in the Irish Times of a new biography of the Irish poet Mícheál Ó hAirtnéide (Michael Hartnett), who also happens to be one of my … Continue reading

May 27, 2012 · 3 Comments

Dáithí Ó hÓgáin – Ar Dheis Dé Go Raibh A Anam

A brief post to mark the passing of Professor Dáithí Ó hÓgáin, a man who brought academic rigour to the popular promotion of Early Irish Literature, Mythology and Folklore. From the Irish Times: “The funeral takes place today of … Continue reading

December 14, 2011 · 2 Comments

An Irish Slam!

Nice report from the Derry Journal on the recent All-Ireland Poetry Slam competition held in the Maiden City and its winner, Irish poet Séamas Barra Ó Suilleabháin. The only thing that mires … Continue reading

December 13, 2011 · 1 Comment

Oireachtas na Samhna

The Irish Times carries a very personal report celebrating the weekend’s Oireachtas na Samhna, the annual Irish language and culture festival, this year held in Cill Airne: “IT IS the time of Samhain and … Continue reading

November 6, 2011

Hail To Nova Scotia

Interesting news in the Scotsman highlighting the international dimension that is increasingly important to the two main Gaelic languages, Irish and Scottish. In this case it is the latter as … Continue reading

October 20, 2011

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru – Oireachtas Náisiúnta na Breataine Bige

The people of Wales have been marking the celebration of their native language and culture in this year’s Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru or the National Eisteddfod of Wales. For the last week festivities focusing on literature, … Continue reading

August 7, 2011

Somhairle Mac Giolla Eoin

One of my favourite poets is the Scottish writer Somhairle Mac Giolla Eoin (Somhairle MacGill-Eain / Sorley MacLean) so its nice to see this tribute and discussion over at Alison Ní Dhorchaidhe’s blog.

July 14, 2011

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