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Development project on UTV

The Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society development project is the subject of a feature news item on UTV.

The video (see link) describes the local and international significance of the tower and features Colm Farrell and Sister De Lourdes Fahy, who recount family memories of the poet: 210 more words


Weather (Lucas)

I chose this book not because of its title (yawn!), but because the back promised poems about Cleveland. It was only when I was about halfway through it that I discovered that I have a nodding acquaintance with the author, Dave Lucas, the understated, original, and often very funny host (if not more) of the great Brews & Prose series at Market Garden Brewery ( 224 more words


A Poem for Ireland: Heaney's 'Clearances, III'

‘Memory is, has been, essential to me. […] Everybody in their life has those moments when something memorable occurs that you remember forever – orphaned in a little patch of light – and it has significance and you don’t quite know what it’s all about.’ … 2,152 more words


Blackberry - Picking

“Blackberry – Picking”

By Seamus Heaney

Late August, given heavy rain and sun

For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.

At first, just one, a glossy purple clot…

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RIAM and Juilliard join forces

Singers, actors and pianists from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Juilliard School in New York will join forces in March for a project led by the celebrated pianist, Iain Burnside. 91 more words

Two Buckets

I have a few bug bears as an English teacher. Would have abbreviated to would’ve has increasingly become would of! I don’t often scrawl on books, but I just can’t help myself when I see that. 746 more words



“Chorus” from the Seamus Heaney play “The Cure at Troy:”

Human beings suffer,
They torture one another,
They get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song… 224 more words