It’s Here – April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019 Mon April 1st to Tues April 30th

April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019


Over the 30 days of April, with 26 events and over 44 performers, Limerick’s biggest and brightest poetry festival will fill the street and intimate venues of this historic city of Limerick. Long associated with poetry and literature the Limerick Writers’ Centre inaugurated the festival in 2013.

Following on from last year’s extended festival, April is Poetry Month in Limerick returns bigger and better for 2019. With Limerick City and County Council increased funding in place the organisers have been able this year to appoint an Ollamh/Poet Laureate for the duration of the festival. This year’s Ollamh is Kenmare based poet John W. Sexton, he will receive his seal of office from the Mayor, Cllr James Collins on Friday 22nd March, when he will also officially proclaim April as Poetry Month in Limerick. Over the course of the month An tOllamh will be visiting a number of school in the city and county, giving them the experience of seeing poetry as a living art form that anyone, no matter what age, can take part in.

Limerick’s thriving poetry and spoken word scene will be celebrated at this year’s festival with readings and pairings of poets including Forward Prize shortlisted poet Ron Carey and Dublin poet Maurice Devitt. A showcase reading with Poet Laureate John W Sexton and local based Irish/Canadian poet Ily Kuhling will take place Wed 17th April.

Author and music promotor Jackie Hayden, who famously was the first man to sign U2, will give a talk called Dylan, Dylan and Me at The Granary library on Thursday 18th April at 7.30pm. Dr John McDonagh of Mary Immaculate College will talk to author Donal Ryan and poet John W. Sexton on Poetry as Story on Thurs 25th in Mary Immaculate Collage 7.30 pm. Again this year all events are free and open to the public.

In other events poetry lovers can view a screening of four films with reference to poets and poetry in association with the Central Cinema Club, these take place at Central Buildings, 51 O’Connell Street and start at 7.30pm for four Monday during the month.

The famous Poetry Wall installation will again be in place on the wall of the Exchange on Nicholas Street, 30 poets and 30 poems will be displays for the month.

There is lots more, Welsh poetry trio The Rockhoppers (Jackie Biggs, Maggie Harris and Mel Perry) perform their exciting work at the Granary library on Tues 9th April at 7.30pm. US poet Sandy Yannone and friends will be reading with The Limerick Poets’ Society in Sexton’s Bar 91 Henry Street on Wed 10th April at 7.30pm, this is followed by an open-mic event.

We are also taking a look at poets of the past with two events celebrating Limerick poet Michael Hartnett, whose 20th anniversary occurs this year, Dr John McDonagh and Dr Stephen Newman will explore his poetry written in Irish and English. Musician Paul Dunworth and poet Mike MacDomhnaill will give a poetry and music performance of Hartnett’s work. Noel Buckley and Fiona Clark Echlin will discuss and perform poetry from the oral Gaelic tradition and compare it modern contemporary poetry. There are also book launches and innovative workshops, plus a special celebration for UNESCO World Book Day on the 23rd April in Arthurs Quay Shopping Centre.

Come and join the fun, we are looking forward to welcoming you!

The 5th annual festival, will take place in various venues around Limerick, see inside the festival brochure for further details or check out their Facebook page


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For media enquiries about April is Poetry Month in Limerick please contact: Dominic Taylor at or 087 2996409.
April is Poetry Month in Limerick 2019 is supported by Limerick City and County Council.