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Michael Hartnett in glory days

Printmaking summer workshops

*LIMERICK Printmakers are behind a series of Summer Workshops for young adults aged 13 – 17 years that will be hosted by artist and print tutor Jonathan Curran. Printmaking covers an impressively wide range of techniques, styles and activities and Jonathan will cover a selection of these in this four-day series.

Aimed exclusively at young adults the workshops will encompass multiple exciting forms of printmaking including monotype, rollup, drypoint, chine-collè, cyanotype and silkscreen.

Demonstrations in each method will be followed by a hands-on workshop, taking place daily from August 7 to 10. Queries to Niamh at [email protected] / 061-311806 and know that places are limited.


Tour of Maigue Poets

*LIMERICK Writers’ Centre has organised a bus tour of West Limerick and the Maigue Poets Country on Friday August 24, from 12noon to 4pm. The pick up spot is Dolan’s Bar on the Dock Road.

“Join us on a magical trip around County Limerick for a guided tour of places associated with the poets of the Gaelic tradition,” suggests Dominic Taylor, the tireless head of the LWC. “Michael Hartnett, Daithi O’Bruadair, Sean O’Tuama and many more and we’ll be taking in Newcastle West, Broadford, Ardagh/Athea, Bruree and Croom, home of The Maigue Poets”.

This will be no dead poets’ society as their written words live on like firefly in the eye. A fragment here from Hartnett’s elegaic ‘Inchicore Haiku’:

“On a brick chimney
I can see all West Limerick
in a jackdaw’s eye.

“Poets drink poems
in the noise of the dark day.
Night’s at the window.”

Cost per person is €15 and booking in advance is required. Contact Dominic at 087-2996409 or email [email protected]


Meet The Poetry Circle

*ON FOOT of the Maigue exploration with live readings, it is timely to introduce The Poetry Circle. Dominic tells us that “Limerick has always had a strong poetry community, from the Bard of Thomond Michael Hogan to Desmond O’Grady to the present day poets plying their wares in the pubs and cafes of the city.

“The Poetry Circle is a collective formed in honour of Desmond O’Grady to spread news of activities and events by written and spoken word poets and artists. If you are thinking of holding a poetry event, let us know and we’ll help you promote the event.”