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The Calendar Road ~ April 2020

Brand new for April 2020, the Calendar Road returns, for those of us who are undergoing this period of isolation Sinéad invites you to join her on one of her walks.  Have things changed? With a stroll through rough fields to navigate,  Sinéad talks about what we can expect from the month ahead, will April be true and will the expected wildlife return?


Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

W.B Yeats 


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The Calendar Road October 2014

Ink Caps in OctoberOn the eve of Samhain Sinéad talks about the preparations for winter along the Calendar Road and how the wildlife is benifitting from a glut of wild berries.

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Busy, busy, busy

Plenty of news today: firstly we want to remind you that this weekend sees many commemorations to mark the start of World War 1 and we want to bring you attention to The Mayo Commemoration Day & Associated Events
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd August.  Including exhibitions, public lectures, drama and much more.  You can get more information at and if you are unable to make any of the events you can listen to our podcast about The Mayo Peace Park by clicking here.  Those of you more associated with the east coast might find our podcast on The Bray War Memorial of interest too by clicking here. are delighted to sponsor a brand new music show on Radio Vera which will feature a mix of Irish and international contemporary music.  the show will be streamed on Radio Vera on Thursdays at 9pm and again on Monday at 6pm Irish time of course.  We hope you can make it,  Radio Vera  is available 24 hours a day everyday on line or through their App.

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The Calendar Road November, 2013.

The colours of NovemberNovember 2013 has been a colourful month with an extended autumn along the Calendar Road.  Sinéad marks the 4th anniversary of the podcast by visiting the same spot she did on the very first show, but this time it’s talk of trees, and the superstition surrounding them.

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Michael J Whelan

Michael J Walsh WBGMichael J. Whelan is an Irish soldier,  poet and historian living in Tallaght, County Dublin. He served as a peacekeeper with the Irish Defence Forces in South Lebanon and Kosovo during the conflicts in those countries. He was 2nd Place Winner of The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2011 (short listed 2012), 3rd Place winner in the Jonathon Swift Creative Writers Awards 2012 (Short listed 2011) and listed in the Doire Press & Cork Literary Poetry Manuscript Prize. He was selected as a reader for the Eigse Eireann/Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2012. His poems and short stories have featured in The Moth, Cyphers, Crannog, Wordlegs, the Galway Review and Three Monkey’s Online Magazinean

Carolann Copland

Carolann Copland

Carolann Copland is the founder of Carousel Creates; offering writing experiences to writers of all ages and lifestyles. She has a Bachelor of Education in English and Drama and has been a teacher for thirteen years. From Dublin, Ireland; Carolann has also lived in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. She is a mother of three children aged ten to twenty one. Carolann is happiest when she is sharing her passion for writing. Her first novel ‘Summer Triangle‘  published by Emu Ink is out now.

The Civic Sessions ~ Eugene O’ Brien

Eugene O’ Brien is an Irish playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for his very
successful play ‘Eden’ which after playing at the Peacock Theatre/Abbey Theatre in Dublin
was put on in the West End of London and Broadway in New York City. In 2001 the play
won the Irish Times Best New Play of the Year Award and Stewart Parker Prize. O’Brien’s
second play ‘Savoy‘ premiered on the Peacock stage in 2002. The author of several radio
plays for RTE ‘The Nest’ and ‘Sloth’ in 2005 he wrote the screenplay to ‘Pure Mule’ a six part
television drama for RTE, which garnered five Irish Film and Television awards.  As an actor
he has worked for the The Corn Exchange, Bickerstaffe, Calypso, Storytellers, Barnstorm,
Loose Cannon, and Glasshouse Theatre companies, and has appeared in several television
series including ‘Ballykissangel’.

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The Civic Sessions ~ Jack Gleeson

Jack Gleeson was born in Cork, Ireland. He started acting at the age of seven in the Independent Theatre Workshop. Gleeson’s first roles in feature films were minor roles in Batman Begins (2005), Shrooms (2007) and A Shine of Rainbows (2009). In 2010 he appeared in a leading
role in Alicia Duffy’s All Good Children. The reviewer for the Variety magazine considered Gleeson “the pic’s big discovery”.
Jack stars in HBO’s Game of Thrones as Joffrey Baratheon a role he has enthralled TV audiences with since July 2009 as part of the initial starring cast and remains a member of the cast for the second,third and fourth seasons. He cites Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus in Gladiator as an influence on his portrayal of Joffrey. Gleeson is a student of Trinity College, Dublin, and a member of DU Players. In 2012, he was awarded a scholarship at TCD. Jack has indicated an intention to pursue an academic career rather than a professional acting career, once his work on Game of Thrones is completed.
Gleeson is also one of the founders and artistic director of Collapsing Horse Theatre Company, which is based in Dublin.  Collapsing Horse Theatre Company – devising collective Collapsing Horse is a new theatre collective comprised of four scholarly gentlemen, whose aim is to inspire and entertain. Founded with an interest in puppetry, music, design and comedy, the group operates as a devising collective, with the aim of producing aesthetically unified and thoughtful comedic theatre. Puppetry, musicianship, physical comedy and scripting co-mingle and inform each other from the beginning; they comprise the sinewy tendons and milky bones that cause this wonderful and powerful theatre to burst forth like some mad clopping beast.

Collapsing Horse also features Writer: Eoghan Quinn / Puppeteer: Aaron Heffernan / Design: Colm McNally / Music :
Danny Forde / Performer/Ass. Producer: Jack Gleeson / Producer: Matthew Smyth

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Shush – Don’t Keep It To Yourself

We start a brand new series of podcasts with playwriters and those who devise for theatre  in association with The Civic Theatre in Dublin today and will follow up with more over the coming weeks.  First to share their secrets on writing for the stage is award winning playwrite Elaine Murphy whose first play ‘Little Gem’ won the hearts of theatre goers and the attention of The Abbey Theatre  resulting in The National Theatre commission a short play by Elaine and following this success have commissioned Elaine’s second play ‘Shush’

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Our new and emerging channel will also see more podcasts in the coming weeks as we team up with Number Eleven Magazine, so all in all a busy few months ahead for us which we hope you will enjoy.