Positive response to launch of new Poetry Laneway

Pictured at the launch of the new Poetry Laneway, located down Chapel Lane in Roscommon town, were (l-r) Rhona McGrath, Arts Officer, Roscommon County Council; Louise G. Cole, poet; Phil Robson, composer; Jane Clarke, poet; Dani Gill, poet and Mary Smith, Public Art and Engagement Coordinator, Roscommon County Council. Pic: Brian Farrell

A new Poetry Laneway was launched last week, as part of the larger public art programme titled ‘Living Laneways’, an innovative laneway trail where artists can respond creatively to public laneways in Roscommon Town and to its history, story and community.

Supported by Roscommon County Council, the Poetry Laneway features the work of three contemporary poets, Jane Clarke, Louise G. Cole and Dani Gill.

Musician and composer Phil Robson has collaborated with the writers, to present a custom sound piece for each of the poems which can be scanned using a QR code affixed to the particular poem on display.

Poet Jane Clarke pictured with her poem on the new Poetry Laneway located down Chapel Lane in Roscommon town. Pic: Brian Farrell

The poetry is presented in lightboxes in Chapel Lane, an important historic laneway in Roscommon town with a special event to mark National Poetry Day last Thursday, April 25th.

The aim of this, and other projects in the town centre, is to create an area that functions as a viable, vibrant and attractive location, as well as a service, social, cultural and recreational hub for the community.

It is expected further development will boost the local economy drawing increased footfall to the town centre, through improving access and making the town more connected.

The laneway enhancements form the final elements of Roscommon Town Main Street and Market Square Public Realm Project, and are funded through the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage as part of Project Ireland 2040 to include match funding from Roscommon County Council.