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Passing of Patrick Galvin

We are deeply saddened by the death on 10th of May 2011 of one of our featured poets Patrick Galvin.  We met with Patrick to record material for just over a year ago and though battling with the affects of a stroke which affected his speech and mobility, he was warm and generous with his time and through his wife Mary he participated in what for us will be a treasured recording.  In our small way we want to honour his memory with a podcast featuring Macdara Galvin singing his fathers compostion of the song “James Connolly” along with recordings from the family archive of Patrick reading “Man on The Porch” and “Song for a Poor Boy“.

It is a dark day for Irish literature to lose a man of his immense talent and generosity but we are proud and realise how lucky we are to have participated in one of his final recordings.

If you would like to add a comment to his page, in time, we will pass them on via e mail to his family. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

To visit Patrick’s page and listen to his podcasts Click Here

Showcase No. 11

Irish writers of poetry and song come together as usual to bring us our Podcasts Showcase No. 11.  Recent recordings have enabled us to compile the tastiest showcase to date.  This edition sees Colum Sands sing about “Fresh Bread being baked, Grace Wells recites poetry about “Aşure” being made, Ben Sands visits a cafe for “Coffee and Cheesecake” while Michael Patwell reads his poem called “Ginger Bread Cafe” and after whetting your appetite with all those goodies, for Bealtaine, we have a reminder from Charlie Mc Gettigan that advancing years do come with artistic aplomb with a song called “Valentine”


Caprani Makes Comeback

Who knew podcasting in Ireland would be so busy ? Well we are rested after the double bank holidays, which is just as well as we have so many podcasts to bring you, the first of which is this one from novelist and historian Vincent Caprani.  Vincent’s collection of Doggerell “Rowdy Rymes and Recimitations” released to public aclaim many years ago is about to get a new lease of life.  He is currently adding to it and it will be republished later in 2011 by Gill and Macmillan.  He has promised us a chance to meet up nearer the launch for an interview and reading but in this current podcast Vincent talks about his writing including the story behind his best selling “A View From The Dart”  Also coming your way in the next week or so will be podcast readings from Grace Wells and Michael Pattwell and a brand new showcase but that won’t even scratch the surface of what we have in store for you this month alone.

Ben Sands Performance Podcast continues to bring you the best in Irish music with a performace podcast by singer songwriter Ben Sands.  Unplugged and exclusive, Ben performs “Take my Love With You (Kellie’s Song)”  written specially for his daughters wedding.  The charming and witty “Coffee and Cheesecake” and demonstrating his skills on the madolin 4 jigs.  The session was recorded at Ben’s home in Newry during February 2011.  

This being The May bank holiday weekend we might relax a wee bit, however, we will be preparing more podcasts to bring you and as we enter the Month of May, Ireland get’s ready to celebrate Bealtaine a festival of older people and creativity and fittingly, we will steer our next showcase in that direction with music and readings that pay homage to those of advancing years.

Flying The Flag for Cork

We are delighted to bring you the second writer recorded during our recent trip to Wexford and Waterford.  Michael Pattwell not alone drove to meet us in Lismore but organised with the good people of The Lismore Heritage Company to lay on a room for our recordings.  As always we launch the page with an interview with Michael and during the next week or so we will bring you some of the poetry from Flaghopping which Michael so generously shared with us. 

This week will also see The April edition of The Calendar Road, traditionally a time of new arrivals as flora and fauna welcome the warmer days of Spring.

Colum Sands Has Talent in Spades

We have added a performance podcast by Irish Singer/songwriter Colum Sands.  Colum performs 2 songs from his album “The Note That Lingers On” with Going Down To The Well With Maggie and The Child Who Asks You Why and from his album “The March DitchThe Loan of A Spade.  The session was recorded at The Sands Family own studios in Rostrevor during February 2011

Strong Win For Grace Wells

Irish podcasts galore will be coming your way over the next while. Winner of The Rupert and Eithne Strong Best New Comer Award for 2011 Grace Wells is the latest writer to be featured here at  Just weeks after receiving the accolade for her first collection of poetry “When God Has Been Called Away To Greater Things“.  You can hear Grace talking about her work as a children’s novelist and the transition to poet for the grown up market.  as always we begin by bringing you an exclusive interview with Grace recorded at her home in South Tipperary and in the coming days we will have a unique reading from her award winning collection. 

Our trip to Wexford and Waterford was most enjoyable and we were aided by and indebted to Katherine Collins of The Waterford Library Service and our thanks also to The Brandon House Hotel in New Ross and The Lismore Heritage Company for providing us with tranquil and comfortable surroundings in which to record. 

Aside from recording with no less than 6 writers for inclusion over the next couple of weeks, our trip also saw us record our final episode of The Writers Passage with Thomas Mc Carthy.  We still have some editing to do on the remaining series but we will have one uploaded by the end of this week.

Ben Makes You Feel Better Already

We are delighted to add the third of the Sand’s Brothers to  Ben was as delightful and entertaining as his brothers Tommy and Colum during our trip to County Down in February.  As always we start with the interview podcast and that will lead into an exclusive performance by Ben of some of his most popular songs within the next week or so.  It is away to County Waterford and Wexford to record some more great Irish writers this weekend so you will have plenty more to look forward to in the coming weeks.

Paris But Not As We Know It

We have just added the performance podcast by Irish singer songwriter Michele Ann Kelly as she performs 2 of her songs “Fall On Me” and “Lost in Paris” unplugged and exclusively for you.  The session which includes 5 songs in all was recorded in The Writers Room at The Glenview Hotel in County Wicklow and Michele was accompanied on guitar and harmonies by Eoghan Scott. 

We are away to Waterford to record some more podcasts for you so there will be a constant supply of great Irish writers sharing their work with you and giving you an insight into their lives as a writer.  As always we will be changing the performance podcasts from our writers too, many of whom have been featured on for over a year now and of course we are only halfway through uploading our series The Writers Passage so there is plenty to keep you coming back for more.  Don’t forget, if you like what you hear at you can keep updated with new podcasts through our RSS feed or our Twitter page both of which can be accessed via the symbols above and to the right, orange for RSS and blue for Twitter.  You can joined our Facebook Group

Colum Inches Into Podcasting

Another great Irish songwriter for We are delighted to welcome Colum Sands to Not alone does Colum write insightful songs, he is a true story teller and if that is not enough a world respected broadcaster with BBC Radio. Colum’s live performances might seem like auditoria when you first enter them but within minutes he has the ability to make you feel like you have just dropped into his intimate parlour at home by the time he reaches the end of his set, you might be forgiven that he has read your life story and put some of it into song.