Dublin Fringe Festival New Resident Artists

Tá mé ar mhuin na muice leis an nuacht seo a fógraíodh inné!

In January, Tolü Makay and Ciara Ní É will be full-time residents in our Artists’ Office, with Hot Deskers Iseult Deane, Dagogo Hart, Dara Hoban and Ian Toner sharing the Workstation. 

You can read all of the artist bios on the Dublin Fringe website here. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen work by / featuring all of these artists at some stage. Hoping and praying now that we get to make full use of the space and that 2022 will bring us opportunities to make ART! *ní ceadaítear smaointe faoin drochrud*

I’ll be sharing an office with the incredible Tolü Makay, whose music I’ve been following since I first heard her take on the Saw Doctors N17 on Arena last year.

I’ll leave you with this gem. Míle buíochas arís leis an Dublin Fringe Festival!

Canúint na nDéise

Canúint na nDéise is a beautiful dialect spoken in the Waterford region. I was delighted to get the chance to learn more about the dialect from Dr. Noel Ó Murchadha, Léachtóir le hOideachas Teanga i gColáiste na Tríonóide (Lecturer in Language Education in Trinity College Dublin).

Part 1 includes:

00:00 – Intro 01:15 – Who what or where is “Na Déise”

03:20 – An Rinn & An Seanphobal (and other areas historically included)

04:10 – Historical information…
Sliabh gCua, Pádraig Ó Maolaodha 1877 – 1947 https://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=534
Seamus Ó Maolchatha(igh) ‘An Gleann is a raibh ann’ https://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=761

05:40 – Ciara going down memory lane about her first visit to Gaeltacht na nDéise!

Cóisir Filíochta ar BBC Radio

Tá clár nua faoi fhilíocht na Gaeilge ar BBC Raidió Uladh:

Cóisir filíochta atá ann agus Seán ‘John Boy’ Ó Muireagáin ina fhear an tí. Cluinimid dánta ó bhéal le Ciara Ní É, Louis de Paor agus Laoighseach Ní Choistealbha, agus faigheann muid léargas ar na dánta sin ó bheirt aíonna ar filí iad féin iad: Caitlín Nic Íomhair agus Aimée Ní Chonaing.

Host Seán ‘John Boy’ Ó Muireagáin platforms Irish-language poetry of the 21st century, with a particular emphasis on new voices. We hear poems from Ciara Ní É, Louis de Paor and Laoighseach Ní Choistealbha, and discussion from two guests who are poets themselves: Caitlín Nic Íomhair and Aimée Ní Chonaing.

Táim ag baint an-sult as an sraith spéisialta seo a thosaigh an tseachtain seo caite. Filí ag léamh a ndánta féin agus ansin daoine eirmiúla á bplé? Céard eile a bheadh uait?! Agus mar bharr smaise chuir sé gliondar ar mo chroí go raibh dán liomsa á phlé ar chlár na seachtaine seo. Is féidir teacht ar na cláir ar fad go dtí seo anseo.

Seo blaiseadh beag ó na meáin shóisialta ón tseachtain seo caite – dán cumhachtach le Sam Ó Fearraigh.

Saol Gan Scáth – plé leis an Leabharlann Náisiúnta

Táim ag súil go mór leis an bplé seo mar chuid den taispeántas #livingwithpride sa Leabharlann Náisiúnta.

Just a decade ago it seemed impossible to be simultaneously LGBTQ+ and a Gaeilgeoir. Buíochas le divas go bhfuil go leor leor athraithe ó shin.

Delighted to get the chance to discuss the changes we have seen in our respective lifetimes with these legends!

Bhain Mícheál Ó Conghaile corraí as saol na Gaeilge lena chuid scríbhneoireachta ar théamaí aeracha, agus má tá rud ar bith le Alex Hijmans léite agat tuigfidh tú go mbíonn tuairimí láidre spéisiúla aige i gcónaí. Bhuail mé leis an stiúrthóir Traolach Ó Buachalla in 2015 agus é mar cheannaire ar an ngrúpa #tácomhionannas, grúpa a d’athraigh mo shaol go deo.

Tá mé cinnte go mbeidh go leor le rá agam faoi mo threibh – lucht an Queercal Comhrá, AerachAiteachGaelach, agus roimhe sin, REIC.

Rang Beag Scríbhneoireachta

‘Conas Dán a Reic’ mar chuid den tsraith Rang Beag Scríbhneoireachta i gcomhar le Cló Iar-Chonnacht.

Tabhair cuairt ar a leathanach YouTube anseo tá go leor ar fáil ann agus iad ag cur leis i gcónaí!

Sa seinnliosta seo feicfidh tú ranganna beaga scríbhneoireachta le Áine Uí Fhoghlú, Jackie Mac Donncha, Áine Durkin, Áine Ní Ghlinn, Réaltán Ní Leannáin, Alex Hijmans, Anna Heussaff, agus Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair.

Queering the Green

Queering the Green brings together 31 of the most distinctive Irish poets to emerge since 2000 and, taken together, these writers represent the multiplicity and vibrancy of the queer experience in 21st Century Ireland. Several are already recognised as leading poets in Ireland, but the anthology also includes poets at the beginning of their career who are redefining the landscape of Irish poetry.

The anthology addresses the exclusions of the past, speaks to the diversity of the present, and points towards the radical possibilities of the future.  

“… every poem is a queering of language; every poetry critic is a critic of the queer; every reader of poetry is engaged in a queer act; every performance of poetry is a queer iteration. 


But only we are queer.”

–Paul Maddern, from the introduction.

Tuilleadh eolais, agus nasc réamhordaite anseo.

Run – Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation

Here is my poem ‘Run’ directed by Matthew Thompson and produced in collaboration with Poetry Ireland as part of the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation’s Read By series of poetry films.

Matthew is a very talented filmaker and I’m delighted with the end product. We also have another in the pipeline that was recorded for the same series, which I’ll post here as soon as it is released!

Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation is a nonprofit literary organization bringing you great poetry from across places, eras, and traditions.

https://www.brinkerhoffpoetry.org/

I’ve been really enjoying the Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation YouTube page since it launched last year, and I’m pinching myself to have my work included amongst some very accomplished poets.

One of my favourite poems on the Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation page is this Doireann Ní Ghríofa piece. Go mbaine sibh sult as!

Fringe PROMO!

Táimid ar BÍS faoi seó Fringe! Coicís le dul!

Tá mé féin is EoinMc tugtha tnáite ach iomlán báite sa léiriú seo.

Blaiseadh beag anseo:

Bhí an oiread sin tascanna éagsúla le déanamh don léiriú, idir na hagallaimh le hAlan; an script réiteach; foinsí a aimsiú ó na 80idí/90idí le gach fíric a sheiceáil; an taifead a dhéanamh le hAlan sa stiúideo; ceol a aimsiú agus ceol eile a thaifead (rinne Aoife Ní Mhórdha amhránaíocht álainn dúinn!); na láithreáin a dhearadh, na prapaí a aimsiú…. agus nílimid críochnaithe fós!

Cruinniú trathnóna samhraidh le hAoife Ní Mhórdha

Níor léirigh mé togra chomh mór leis seo riamh agus táim ag baint an-sult as an bpróiseas, go háirithe agus lucht iontach AAG a bheith ag cabhrú agus ag tacú linn.

Bhí cruinniú fada againn lenár mbainisteoir tí Kevin Johnston ag an deireadh seachtaine agus tá fios a ghnó ag an bhfear sin!

Eoin McEvoy, Jack Moriarty, Kevin Johnston, agus mé féin!

Táim ag súil go mór le seilbh a ghlacadh ar Chlub Chonradh na Gaeilge ar feadh na seachtaine, é a athchóiriú, agus fáilte a chur roimh an lucht féachana leis an obair ar fad a léiriú faoi dheireadh!

Aiteach – Dún Laoghaire Folk Festival

Buíochas mór le Bob Gallagher as an gcuireadh teacht ar ardán ag an imeacht seo aréir.

Íomhá

Following on from its acclaimed premiere as a concert film at this year’s Musictown Festival filmmaker- turned- balladeer Bob Gallagher brings his exploration of queer Irish identity and tradition to a live audience for the first time at the Dun Laoghaire Folk Festival.  

Weaving together traditional music, social history, poetry and the Irish language, this show will delve into Gallagher’s research, examining queer authorship and representation in Irish music and literary traditions.  

Bhí an ceol diamhair ar fad, léigh Bob giotaí taighde ó leabhair éagsúla a léirigh dúinn Éire LADTA+ tríd na blianta, agus bhí an-éagsúlacht go deo ann i measc na n-aíonna: an t-aisteoir Amir Abualrob, an file Felispeaks, agus mé féin is Sam Ó Fearraigh.

Chuir Sam Ó Fearraigh, ball iontach d’AerachAiteachGaelach (agus buaiteoir Slam Filíochta Liú Lúnasa 2021!) go mór leis an oíche. Thug sé ceacht fíor-spéisiúil dúinn faoin gcaoi gur thug amhránaíocht ar an sean nós deis do dhaoine LADTA+ iad féin a chur in iúl le fada. Agus reic sé á shárdhán ‘Mise Aerach’:

Chan mé An Cailín Álainn agus bhí sé éagsúil ó gach uair eile ar chan mé riamh é. Níor shíl éinne go raibh mé á chanadh ó dhearcadh an fhir a chum, ach d’aithin siad mé mar bhean aiteach ag canadh faoina mianta féin.

Ag súil le feiceáil cad a dhéanfaidh Bob leis an togra amach anseo!