Nearfm have produced a ten part radio series reinterpreting the Dublin: One City One Book ‘If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song’ edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth. This series takes a unique look at the book from a northside Dublin perspective by focusing on the poems, poets and songs associated with Northside Dublin.
The series features many well known poets reciting and being interviewed about the poems they have featured in the book including Paula Meehan, Theo Dorgan and Dermot Bolger as well as up and coming poets such as Colm Keegan, Jessica Traynor and Alan Jude Moore.
Contributions also come from Poetry Ireland, Dedalus Press, Dublin City of Literature, Trinity College Dublin and St David’s Boys National School in north Dublin. There are also well known ballads performed by Gerry Cooley, Vincent Smith and Stephen Heffernan.
Dedalus Press/Book editor – Pat Boran
Director of Dublin: One City One Book – Jane Alger
Director of Poetry Ireland – Maureen Kennelly
Vox Pops on how poetry is perceived and approached from local public and St Davids NBS/public
If Ever You Go to Dublin Town by Patrick Kavanagh – read by Michael Sharp
Flute Fixing In McNeils of Capel Street – Nessa O Mahony
Rites of The Flesh – Biddy Jenkinson
O’Connell Street by Francis Ledwidge discussed by Philip Coleman TCD
Voxpops with St Davids NBS, Artane, and member of the general public
Monto –sung by Stephen Heffernan
This series is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Sound and Vision scheme.
David Moore, Chairman of Astronomy Ireland, talks to Noel McGuinness on Northside Today about some interesting events relating to astronomy. He says that the planet Jupiter is currently at its closest to the earth and looks like a brilliant star to the naked eye in the West each evening. To mark this event Astronomy Ireland is setting up some very powerful telescopes on Tuesday night 3rd March at its headquarters in Blanchardstown and David says the event is open to the general public. He also talks about the public lecture on Monday 9th March entitled “Russian Space Science”. He says the year 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Institute for Space Research in Russia and this talk in Trinity College will look at Russia’s main discoveries from the 1930s. It will also profile the principal scientists involved. David also talks about the almost total eclipse of the Sun that will take place on 20th March. See www.astronomy.ie / tel. 086 064 6555.
Andrew St. Ledger is a member of the Environmental Pillar’s Tree Cover Working Group. He talks to Noel McGuinness on Northside Today about the new forestry plan that has been approved by the EU and says that the plan fails to resolve serious environmental issues with the Irish Forestry model. He explains that while there are some positive steps taken in the new forestry programme, the Environmental Pillar, which is made up of 28 Irish environmental NGOs, says that an opportunity to reform the outdated Irish forestry model has been missed.
Deputy Terence Flanagan, Independent T.D. for Dublin Bay North talks to Noel McGuinness on Northside Today. He speaks about the recent Public Accounts Committee visit to Howth Harbour, his call for Dublin Bay North constituents to have their say in his DART survey and his support for the firefighters in their recent protest outside the Dail.
Mark Finnegan is joined in studio by Daryl Egan and Jim Gorman from The Emerald Garrison.The Emerald Garrison is a Star Wars costuming club that brings together enthusiasts from all over the world. Based in both Northern and the Republic of Ireland, their professionalism and dedication to costuming has brought them to some of the largest events throughout the UK and Ireland, including Invasion Belfast, Invasion Dublin, Invasion Cork, Toys 4 Big Boys and the Download music festival. Their aim is to enjoy what they do and help raise awareness for all of the charities they work through.
More information about the club, their events and some great photos can be seen on their website HERE .
Mark Finnegan talks to Belinda Nugent,an Aftercare Worker @The SAOL Project.
SAOL is an integrated programme of education, rehabilitation, advocacy and childcare. The SAOL Project’s on-going commitment to the women, children and community members of the North Inner City continues to develop, responding to the changing needs of the women who participate in their project with creativity and commitment. SAOL has worked over the last 19 years to promote the needs of female drug users and their children.
The project are running a number of events to celebrate International Womens Day, they are also celebrating their 20th anniversary.
More Information is available on the website www.saolproject.ie
Morgan O Reilly visits Fighting Words, a creative writing centre in Dublin’s north inner-city, to meet the Irish dramatists of the future who are soon to be staged at the Peacock Theatre. Jean Hanney (2 mins 32 secs), Robyn Gill (8 mins 20 secs), Emily Gallagher (18 mins 45 secs), Sean Farrelly (30 mins 50 secs), Sean McGillicuddy (43 mins 00 secs) and the five remaining playwrights (48 mins 24 secs) all speak to Morgan.