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‘Tracing the Lines’: Exhibition of Sketches Inspired by ‘If Ever You Go’


I’ve been along to see an interesting exhibition at the RIAI Architecture Centre in Merrion Square, which consists of sketches inspired by the poetry collection If Ever You Should Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song which was this year’s ‘One City One Book’ choice. I missed the launch, which was on Tuesday evening with co-editor Pat Boran and contributors Catherine Ann Cullen, Nessa O’Mahony and Mark Granier reading from the anthology.

There are thirty-nine black and white drawings by architect Sean Dorman, who literally got on his bike (well, to be more accurate a Dublin bike) during April, and visited many of the city locations mentioned in the poems in the anthology. Each of Dorman’s dated sketches incorporates a section of a historical Dublin street map (for example John Rocque’s 1756 street map), echoing the map theme from the book and lines from the relevant poem. Dorman was quoted as saying that ‘I found this project to be an exciting and illuminating experience as it connected me with two greats: our poets and our town’. Continue reading

A Poetic Month In Dublin: ‘One City One Book’


Yes, it’s that time of the year again in Dublin’s fair city when we are all encouraged to read one book with a Dublin theme. ‘One City One Book’ is one of my favourite cultural events of the year so I cannot let it go by without a mention. This year for the first time since its inception in 2006, the organisers have plumped for a poetry anthology rather than choosing a novel. The collection is entitled If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dedalus Press) which was created by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth especially for this event. Moreover, this poetry collection is heavy on contemporary writers so that the Dublin on the page will be one that many of us will nod in recognition at seeing in print. Continue reading

Airtricity League – Table Toppers Drogheda Take On Bohs

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Athlone Town –v- Shamrock Rovers    7:45

Newly promoted Athlone Town play host to title hopefuls Shamrock Rovers, at the Athlone Town Stadium.

A very late goal by Sligo Rovers prevented Athlone Town from securing their first points of the season last week. The newly promoted side will be looking to use their home field advantage and get the win they need. Mick Cooke and his side know how important home form is to a side and will be looking to turn Athlone Town Stadium into a fortress.

Last season’s draw specialists started off this year with a draw, Ciaran Kilduff getting a 90 minute equaliser against Derry City. Trevor Croly will be determined to turn these draws into wins and will be expecting all three points here. They face difficult opposition against a newly promoted side playing their first home game of the season, but winning games is never easy.

Prediction: Draw Continue reading

City of Words: a literary tour of Dublin

I was looking around for rainy day ideas recently (just in case we should have a wet summer, perish the thought) and I came across a very informative mini-brochure produced by Dublin City of Literature. This is a guide (with a map) to all things literary in the fair city of Dublin and includes a list of statues of well-known literary figures and their locations.

Armed with details about twenty-eight literary hotspots you really have no excuse not to get out and about this summer and explore Dublin’s literary heritage both written and oral. The guide has a map of the city centre so it is easy to plan a walking route. I presume the initiative was aimed at tourists but it is often true that locals do not know what goes on in their own backyard. Now, there is no excuse for ignorance of local events.

So where to go first? Well, you could do worse than go on a literary statue tour to get you into the swing of things. Great photo opportunities too, though I am prepared to admit that dry weather is preferable for this bit. I am sure I am not the only person by a long way to have taken pictures of family and friends sitting next to Patrick Kavanagh on the bank of the Grand Canal. Apart from Kavanagh, there are monuments to Shaw, Goldsmith, Burke, Joyce, Wilde and Behan dotted about the city. Get snapping folks!

The City of Words guide places one of my favourite cultural institutions, Chester Beatty Library at the top of its list. I am sure the attractions are intended to be listed in no particular order but this library is a very good place to begin a literary tour of the city. My reason for saying that, is that the collection at the Chester Beatty Library takes the visitor right back to the early history of the written word in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. From taking in that wider perspective, you can take a mental and physical leap over to see what the National Library of Ireland has to offer. Then go on to visit the Dublin Writers’ Museum to catch up with Yeats, Joyce and Beckett et al to bring you into literary Dublin with a bang.

When you have had enough of studying past famous writers you could always find time to listen to the spoken wordsmiths of the present. Stop off for a storytelling session with Dublin Yarnspinners who meet at the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square, or catch up with the latest Narrative Arts Group events or try one of the Milk and Cookie story sessions in Temple Bar.

Whatever your literary bent there is sure to be something in and around Dublin to make you think a little. Who knows, you might even get your own literary juices flowing. For more information on the venues and up-coming events, follow the links given to the places mentioned above.

Just remember to take an umbrella along with you…

Old Rivals Do Battle As Hoops Travel Cross City To Face Shels

Shelbourne play host to Shamrock Rovers tomorrow night as the League of Ireland resumes following a brief break. 

Shels will be looking to hit the ground running and a Dublin derby is just the tonic to set the tone for the rest of the season.   

Shelbourne’s last outing was away to Derry City and saw the Dublin side come away with a well-deserved 0-1 win, the goal scored by  supreme goal-poacher, Philly Hughes in the 71st minute. Unfortunately, that win came at a cost with both Glenn Cronin and Philly Gorman picking up bad injuries.
Shamrock Rovers last league outing was a hard fought 1-1 draw at home to Cork City – their goal coming from their top-scorer, Gary Twigg.
Going into this game, the league table shows last year’s League Champions just two points ahead of the Drumcondra club, so apart from the bragging rights, the three points on offer at this contest are of the utmost importance. It should be a great game!
Shelbourne manager Alan Mathews gave his views on the away win to Derry City “We had a very good win in Derry before the break. It took a very good performance by us to get the three points. Our performance in Derry had many positive aspects to it; the players worked really hard for each other and played some very good football.”
On this week’s game with Shamrock Rovers, he commented “Shamrock Rovers are the reigning Champions and I believe they are the team most likely to win the League again this season. They have the strongest squad in the League with quality and competition for every position on the pitch. “
“We go into the game with confidence and a positive attitude. We know a good performance will be required to achieve the three points on offer, but I firmly believe that we have the players to take on any side this season.”
Shelbourne go into this game with Glenn Cronin missing through suspension. A decision on Philly Gorman’s availability for selection will not be taken until match day, following the ankle injury he received in Derry. On the plus side, both Lorcan Fitzgerald and Stephen Hurley have been back in full training for some weeks now and will come into the reckoning.