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Éigse Michael Hartnett 2017

Thursday 6th - Saturday 8th April 2017

Newcastle West, Co. Limerick

Categories: Arts, Festival/Special Event

A weekend of literary and arts events to celebrate the literary and oral legacy of Michael Hartnett, the poet and the man.

Thursday 6th April.

- Official Opening of Éigse Michael Hartnett 2017 by the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Kieran O’Hanlon.
On the night there will be a presentation of Michael Hartnett Poetry Award 2017 Judges: Paddy Bushe and Doireann Ni Ghríofa.
Philomena Lee will be in conversation with Seamus Hennessy

  • Venue: Newcastle West Library, Gortboy 
  • Admission: FREE

- Club na hÉigse will follow after the opening

  • Venue: The Snug, Church Street


Friday 7th April.

- Best Loved Poems with Gabriel Fitzmaurice

  • Time: 10.30am
  • Venue: Marguerite’s, No. 8 The Square, (Upstairs)
  • Admission: FREE

- In Time, and Silently
Three dances will be performed by disabled and non-disabled dancers from Rathfredagh Cheshire Home, Hazelwood College and Desmond College who participate in Limerick Arts Office’s Integrated Dance Programme. Local dancer Jesse McCormack will perform a duet with Sean O’Gorman of Brothers of Charity.
Silent Moves’ a short film by Aideen Barry will be shown. Inspired by the black and white films of Buster Keaton, it carries a strong message about attitudes towards disability while being funny, moving and beautiful to watch

  • Time: 11:30
  • Venue: Desmond Complex, Gortboy
  • Admission: FREE

- ​Gaeilge Tamagotchi - Manchán Magan
The Irish language has 4,400 different words merely to describe someone, to convey their character, their demeanour, their shape or stature. They are rarely used now. Many are already dead. Would you be willing to adopt one? Mind it? Cherish it with your tongue? Name a pet or loved one after it? As a participant you will wind through a labyrinth of pure Irish linen to receive an endangered Irish word from Mánchan Magan himself and agree to nurture, nourish and take guardianship of your very own endangered word.

  • Time: 11am & 2.30pm
  • Venue: Whelan’s D’Terrace. Maiden Street 
  • Admission: FREE

- Wandering Words in Amazing Places
Performance Art, Poetry and Music with Micheál Rowsome and Stanzas.

  • Time: 12.30pm
  • Venue: Meet at Michael Hartnett’s Statue, The Square 
  • Admission: FREE

- Art Exhibition by Michéal Rowsome
A picture paints a thousand words… or is other words… Poetry is easy, if you are good at poetry.
This is a collection of prints made in response to poetry - a collage of found images, photos, and drawings, combined digitally. The first series of images was created to accompany the launch of Paul Dunworth’s debut album “The Poet” - 12 of Michael Hartnett’s poems put to original compositions. Additional prints were made in response to other poems/poets.  

  • Time: 2pm
  • Venue: Red Door Gallery, The Square
  • Admission: FREE

- Storytelling, Music and Song with Daisy Kearney, Donie Lyons and May Daly

  • Time: 3pm
  • Venue: St. Ita’s Community Hospital
  • Admission: FREE

- A Kind of Homecoming...
Poetry Reading with Bernard O’Donoghue and Caitriona O’Reilly with musical interlude by Michael Collins.

  • Time: 8pm
  • Venue: The Red Door Gallery
  • Admission: €10 - Book Here

- Club na hÉigse

  • Venue: The Forge Inn, Maiden Street


Saturday 8th April.

- Michael Hartnett Memorial Lecture Remembering Michael Hartnett by Dermot Bolger

  • Time: 11am
  • Venue: City and County Council Offices, Gortboy.
  • Admission: €10 - Book Here

- Wandering Words and Dance
Join Stanzas and Micheál Rowsome for a part scripted, part improvised performance dealing with the challenges of creation and the process of making art.

  • Time: 12.30pm
  • Venue: Starting at the Michael Hartnett Statue and then to the Red Door Gallery
  • Admission: FREE

- Michael Hartnett’s Newcastle West with Des Healy
Assembling in The Square and visiting many of the places and poems synonymous with his name. Returning to Ned Lynch’s in time for Poetry Slam!

  • Time: 2.15pm
  • Venue: Meet at Michael Hartnett Statue
  • Admission: FREE

- Poetry Slam

  • Time: 3.30pm
  • Venue: Beginning in Ned Lynch’s Bar, The Square, and continuing in Whelan’s Bar, Maiden Street
  • Admission: FREE

- Timeless
A Reading with Jennifer Johnston and Paddy Bushe, with musical interludes by Diarmuid O’Brien

  • Time: 3.30pm
  • Venue: City and County Council Office
  • Admission: €10 - Book Here

- Club na hÉigse

  • Venue: Cleary’s Bar, South Quay


Download the Éigse Michael Hartnett 2017 Programme here.

Phone: +353 61 407363




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