Celebrating World Poetry Day

Siarsceal, a historical and literary bilingual festival inspired by the culture and heritage of Roscommon’s river basins, will commemorate World Poetry Day with a bilingual celebration encompassing Clonalis House in Castlerea, the Moon River cruiser on the Shannon and Cruachan Ái in Tulsk.             Siarsceal creates a space where each community living in and around the region can celebrate their townland and environs through the medium of poetry, art, photography, and social history.             On Easter Sunday, there will be an exclusive event on the Moon River Cruiser at Carrick-on-Shannon from 4.10 pm featuring Leitrim Poet Mary Guckian, SiarSceal ’07 poetry award winner Colum Clarke, Eithne Cavanagh and Gwen McNamara Bond followed by a classical traditional medley by resident musician George Patrick Eggleston, and Harpist Andy Gowan. Themed poetry to traditional music will follow with Tulsk and Ballintubber Writers accompanied by Castleplunkett traditional musicians and solo readings by members of Boyle Active Age Group. Moon River will have you back on dry land by 6 pm.             The official launch of the Siarsceal festival will take place in Clonalis House on April 4th from 7.30 pm to 11 pm. The official opening will be conducted by Cllr. John Kelly, with guest speakers Rsocommon County Librarian Richie Farrell and Irish Officer Donall Mad Aodh and Pyres O’Conor Nash. The Hanna Greally award winners will be presented with their prizes and certificates by guest poet and adjudicator Ann Joyce.