Trocaire, and Poetry Ireland Readings. By Alan Finn.
On Friday, 16th September 2016, Culture Night took place all across Ireland. This event was free to the public, who wished to visit one of the many hundreds, if not thousands of tour destinations, and or historic places of interests, one would usually have to pay into.
Dublin City, was buzzing with people despite, Dublin Bus been on strike, all around, Dame Street, and Temple Bar was flooded with people, wishing to avail of this wonderful event.
This event was organised by, the department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural, and Gaeltacht affairs, in partnership with the regional arts office, local authorities and cultural organisations, throughout the Island Of Ireland.
Counties and Cities across Ireland where these actives where taken place, including, An Gaeltachts, Armagh, Belfast, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Derry, Londonderry, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Galway City, Galway County, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Letterkenny, Limerick City & County, Lisburn City, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Newry, Mourne & Down, Offlay, Omagh District, Roscommon, Sligo, Strabane District, Tipperary, Waterford, West Meath, Wexford, Wicklow.
Around The World, Leeds UK, London UK, New York, and Paris.
I was at Dublin Castle, where we where all treated to some poetry readings, singing, and rapping.
1st up reading their poetry was, 11 year old John Dunne, who gave us a very realist poem he wrote titled, This Is Our Journey Through Out The Night. John is from Co Waterford here in Ireland.
2nd up we had, 9 year old ” Elise Carey MCGibney, who is from Co Kerry, her poem was called, Journey.
3rd up we had, Micheal Lucey, who gave us a couple of poems and one was titled, The promised Land, Micheal is from Dublin City.
Next we had a double treat with two separate schools talking part in a group they are all involved in called, (WRaPParound, schools initiative, which is also facilitated by, Dubliner, poet Colm Keeghan. We where treated to two different group of students rapping away.
We then had a reading by what was called Poetry Aloud, aka as recycled Poetry.
We also have readings from, Elizabeth O’Carroll, who gave us two decent but very different poems she wrote, one was called ” Blue, and the other was called, Burnt Colors, Elizabeth, also gave us a very detailed account of the very heavy work load involving the linen fabric. Elizabeth, informed us when she was younger her aunt worked in one of these many mills in, Belfast. Her aunt had to walk three miles to and from the mill where she worked, and she worked a twelve hour shifts, and only breaking for thirty minutes, the work her aunt and hundreds of others had to endure was back breaking and the conditions they worked in was anything but pleasant.
We then had a reading by poet, David Keane, he gave us two poems he wrote one was called Moments Of Snow, and the other was called Once Blue.
To finish off this very delightful evening, we had more readings by published Poet, Angela T Carr, one was called The Mountain Of Butterflies, and the other one was called, The Truth About Figs. Her second poem, was like listening to someone freestyle, and it was very good.
The show was very good, not only did we have poetry we also had some rapping.
Executive of the charity Trocaire, Eamonn Meehan, opened up this poetry session, with talks on the outgoing struggle facing, the “Syrian people, and other people in places in the world including the middle east.These people through no fault of their own are caught up in a war, and climate changes and every day for them is an struggle.
This years theme for this competition was called, Forced To Flee. All who were there last night where given a free booklet also called, Forced To Flee. On the cover of that booklet is a pair of trainers, looking at the picture one can tell who ever these trainers belonged to had traveled many a mile, possibly many a day and a weeks.
This event was staged in the Chapel Royal Hall.
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