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Cork County Council is celebrating National Poetry Day with short, pre-recorded readings from some of Cork County’s leading poets.

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Inspired by the theme for Poetry Day Ireland 2020, ‘There will be Time’ seven of Cork’s finest poets have taken time while socially distancing to prepare a short reading of their poems on video. The resulting compendium is now available on Cork County Council’s website to coincide with Poetry Day and will continue to be accessible over the coming months.

This project was curated by Matthew Geden of Kinsale, Writer in Residence for Cork County Council Library and Arts Service, who invited several prominent poets with connections to Cork County to produce a short recital of their poetry online.

There are two moving poems from Bernard O’Donoghue, a native of Cullen in North Cork, who is joined by James Harpur, Rossmore, Afric McGlinchey, Castlefreake, Joseph Horgan, Ballydehob and Mary Noonan of Fermoy in providing pieces. We are also delighted to have a brand new poem, “Quarantine”, by Derek Mahon, Kinsale. In this short poem Derek reflects on the current Coronavirus situation and looks forward to a new age once the indefinite wait is over; meanwhile, the earth is slowly recovering and poetry provides small consolations with which to break the silence.

Welcoming the launch of the poetry video on Cork County Council’s website, the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Ian Doyle said:

“We are delighted to be able to support Poetry Day by issuing this small selection of videos by some of the very best poets living in or associated with County Cork. I would like to thank these writers for taking the time to make these videos and would encourage all members of the public to also take a few moments to enjoy these poems.”

Poetry Day Ireland 2020 provides the opportunity to take a moment, and share a moment, with some of Cork’s most creative wordsmiths. Cork County Council Library & Arts Service invites you to pause and partake in a poetic feast, expertly crafted by modern bards that encapsulate the spirit of Cork.

This Poetry Day Thursday 30th April, there will be time to escape into the world of words. Visit to enjoy these recordings and embrace the messages they convey.


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