A Poet's Rising Promenade
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To celebrate the launch of A Poet’s Rising app, we were delighted to announce that Irish Professor of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuillenáin would recite her wonderful poem For James Connolly at the James Connolly statue by Liberty Hall, Dublin on Saturday 26 November at 3PM.
Then, under the guidance of writer and historian Conor Kostick we took a tour of the significant locations of the 1916 Rising as featured on the A Poet’s Rising app. Conor gave a brief introduction to the background history or the location/icon and also the poet and poem. We then viewed the poems on our personal devices.
We first walked to City Hall to watch Jessica Traynor’s A Demonstration, then to the GPO for Paul Muldoon’s Patrick Pearse: A Manifesto. Following this we moved to O’Rahilly Parade for Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s Íota and Bháis. We then headed around the corner to Moore Lane for Theo Dorgan’s We Carried it to Here as Best We Could, followed by Thomas McCarthy’s Garden of Remembrance at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square.
Following the final poem, all were invited into the Irish Writers Centre for a warm glass of mulled wine and early mince pies.
As this was to mark the launch of the app, the audience were asked to bring either a smartphone or tablet and a pair of headphones in order to watch and listen to the videos at each location.