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News April 14th

Firstly we would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest featured writer Thomas McCarthy, we met up with Thomas on a recent visit to Cork.  Thomas talked to us about his writing, his childhood growing up in County Waterford and read from his recent poetry collections, you will find Thomas’s page under featured poets.

Also this week we travelled to Dublin for more on the road recordings they included a lovely series of recordings with Poet Pauline Fayne which will soon be available on the site and also a spine tingling performance of Handel’s Messiah on Fishamble Street as part of the one day celebrations which took place on the 13th of April to remember the German composer, The Messiah was first performed on this very street 258 years ago!  So for all of you who missed the performance we’ll be putting it up for your listening pleasure very shortly.

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New Recordings to enjoy over Easter

Happy Easter everyone it is lovely to see that the daffodils are in full bloom at last after a very late Spring in this part of Ireland.  We have some more Easter delights for you added today, we have a performance from Johnny Duhan of his song ‘Trying to get the balance right’ you’ll find that in our Featured Musicians Section.  Poet Mary Branley reads from her book ‘A Foot on the Tide’  in our Featured Poets Section and a new story in our Myths and Legends Section ‘No Bother’ will bring a smile to your face unlike its protagonist Sean Maguire.   Just  a few more recordings for you to enjoy over the Easter break, if you are new to the site you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied just check out the drop down menus at the top of the page.

New Recording

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Rosemary Canavan whose page is now up in our Featured Poets section, here you will find an interview with Rosemary as she talks about her work, her love of the countryside in rural Cork and how it inspires her work as does working with diverse groups of people.  In coming weeks we will have more recordings of Rosemary reading for her collections.  We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely Easter break!

New Recording Added

A warm welcome to writer William Wall who has just joined us on  William Wall has just begun a 5 week residency at The Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco but we caught up with him in Cork before he left, you will find his page in our Featured Writers Section.

Also newly added this week you will find another edition of the Calendar Road.  This month Sinéad focusses on a plant that is particularly prevalent along the roadway and is just about coming into its own at this time of the year.

And it’s now and then with the weekly installment of Artbeat Archive, as not only are we dipping into the archives but also we take a current look at the highlights from the arts calendar in April and May.

On the road recordings

Just back from a lovely stay in County Cork, where we were shown great hospitality at the Cork International Airport Hotel, thanks to Sandra, Amanda and all the staff for their welcome!  We spent the days recording with more writers for inclusion here on the site, we are currently editing these for upload – so we won’t let the cat out of the bag  just yet, but we will say there are plenty of treats in store here at over the coming weeks. 

In other news, this week’s Artbeat Archive has been uploaded and can be found in Weekly Shows on this programme Jho Harris once again delves into the archives of the arts show with a look at Trad on the Prom in Galway, and readings from the children’s story competition at the 2006 Kenny/Naughton Summer School in Aghamore, County Mayo.


Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig

Yes, it is almost our national feast day, so have a great Saint Patrick’s Day one and all!  We are consistently making little tweaks to the site and you will notice a few slight graphic changes on the home page – Voices from Ireland – this week.  Also we have moved this News Page into the browser at the top of the screen for easy access to our updated posts.  News for this week: We welcome poet Mary Branley to and you can hear an interview with Mary in our Featured Poets Section, also we have readings from poet Pádraig J Daly and Author Kate Kerrigan uploaded this week, we also have a newly added Mayo’s Heritage programme the theme this week is Island Life and you can check that out on Weekly Shows and whilst your there you will also notice a new edition of Artbeat Archive this week featuring an interview with visual artist Sean McSweeney first recorded in 2006.

We are heading to Cork on Thursday for some recordings to add to the website so watch this space for more updates later in the week.

Performances added this week.

Just a quick post to let you know we have added a few unique performances for you this week on Charlie McGettigan’s page you can hear Valentine and Feet of a Dancer and on Thom Moore’s page The Scholar and Cavan Girl. 

Enjoy these unplugged recordings by clicking on the play files available on each page.

March 8th Update

Hello again, it has been a busy week of recording, editing and uploading – with more to come as we travel to County Cork next week to record for the site – but for this week we are delighted to feature readings both in English and Irish from the poet Celia De Fréine from her collection Imran – Odyssey – This is quite apt as we are in the middle of Seachtain Na Gaelige – So even if you have only a little grasp of the Irish, take a listen to Celia’s work because it is really interesting to hear the translations.  Also added this week we feature some new readings from the Poet Terry McDonagh from his book Cill Aodan and Nowhere Else and from the Author Jack Harte we have an excerpt from his most recent novel ‘Reflections in a Tar Barrel’.   

Seactain Na Gaelige runs until Saint Patrick’s Day, the 17th of March, you can find out about all the events by clicking here.  Slán agus feicfidh mé go luath thú/Bye and see you soon!


The Children of Lir

The story of the Children of Lir is arguably one of the saddest of all the Irish mythological tales.  The swan children are destined to spend 900 years away from their home because of a spell put on them by their jealous step-mother.   Here Jho Harris re-adapts the tale for  Whether you are familiar with the story or not, this is bound to be a fresh telling.  Just click on the play button below to listen here, or download to listen later.


More podcasts for you to listen to.

Just putting up new pages and recordings for you to listen to here on – We extend a warm welcome to two new contributors, in our Featured Musicians Section you will find the Singer/Songwriter Thom Moore and in our Featured Poets Section we  also welcome Poet Celia De Fréine – At the moment you can read through their biographies and listen to an interview with each artist about their work, coming shortly we will be uploading some readings and performances by both these writers.   So that is two more Voices from Ireland for you to enjoy and lots more to come at!

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