July 2018 Lunchtime Poetry Readings at The Hunt Museum

2018-07-6,13 ,20, 27 at 1pm to 2pm

The Hunt Museum

Rutland St., Limerick

The Limerick Writers’ Centre Present

Lunch Time Poetry @ The Hunt Museum

July 6th / 13th / 20th / 27th 2017

1.00pm to 2.00pm

In association with the Hunt Museum 8 poets (2 per week) will give a reading in the Captain’s Room four Fridays in July from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, readings will be preceded by a piece of music performed by musicians Saoirse McArdle, Joey Taylor and Tamasine Anna Plowman, with work by Gaspar Sanz, Aker Bilk, Bach, Walton, Vaughan Williams, Saint-Saens throughout the four weeks.


Fri 6th July………………..Evelyn Cosgrave and Sean O’Connor

Fri 13th July………………Brendan Hayes and Anne Marie Coen

Fri 20th July………………Joe Healy and Sinead Nic Sioda

Fri 27th July………………Donal O’Connell and Ibinabo Enebi

Admission is free. Patrons are advised to be in their seats five minutes before readings begin.

The poets taking part:

EVELYN COSGRAVE has been widely published as a poet in many national journals including The Sunday Tribune, Incognito, Poetry Ireland, The Burning Bush, Women’s Works, Stoney Thursday, The Limerick Leader and the anthology ‘An Cloigeann is a Luach’. She was selected for Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series 2000 and shortlisted for the Strokestown Poetry Prize 2000 and was a finalist in the Rattlebag/ Dublin Writers Week Competition 2002. In 2015 she had two poems included in the Junior Cert textbook authored by Catherine Leddin.  She is also working on a collection of poetry.

SEAN O’CONNOR is a poet, writer, folk singer and guitarist living in North Co. Tipperary.  Over the past 35 years he has performed in many genres and toured in Europe, America and Asia.

An editor of Haiku Spirit, his Haiku have been translated into several languages and published worldwide. Let Silence Speak, his first solo collection, was shortlisted for The Touchstone Distinguished Books Award 2016. His latest book, Even The Mountains – Five Years in a Japanese Village, has been well received by reviewers internationally. Patricia Prime (New Zealand) described it as “… a priceless collection of unfolding memories, emotions and experiences, beautifully crafted and memorable.”

BRENDAN HAYES retired in 2012, having worked as a psychiatric nurse. In 2013 he began appearing in local poetry circles and featured prominently in ” Street line Critics”, edited by Mor Lotte. A public event where poems were chalked on pavements following submission to the editor. Brendan went on his knees to ‘chalk down’ his  efforts.  He has since remained standing, describing poetry as finding words for silence. .. and then being Silent. Yet he enjoys reading in public, both his work and that of others.

 ANNE-MARIE COEN is a founder member of Nenagh Writers Group, which will have been in existence for thirty years in November 2018.  She has won awards in several short story competitions and has had both poetry and prose published in various anthologies, including the internationally released From The Heart of Ireland, and the Australian Irish publication, Tintean.

JOE HEALY, as a boy in County Limerick, wondered what it would be like to live in a circus but never pursued his dream. Still there are comparisons today.  He juggles his life of work, family and writing. Every Summer Joe sets up camp in Kerry and entertains the crowds at poetry readings in Tralee and Listowel Writers.  Healy’s poetry is in Anthologies such as Sextet, I live in Michael Hartnett and Voices from the Cave. Revival Press published his first collection Soft as Rainbow in 2013. Poems have also appeared in Crannog, Bare Hands and Mystic Nebula. Healy’s motto when writing, ‘There is no safety net’.

SINEAD NIC SIODA studied English, Theatre and Film at Swansea Metropolitan University, graduating as a Bachelor of Arts in 2002. She was a Secondary level school Teacher of English, in the UK, until 2010, before returning, with her son, to her place of birth, in Co Clare, Ireland. Sinéad is currently an active member of the Poetry Collective, formerly known as Three Legged Stool Poets, and is the coordinator of the Record Break Café Arts & Vinyl, in Ennis. She has works published in The Clare Champion, Otherwise Magazine and The Galway Review and teaches in her spare time.

 DONAL O’CONNELL, a caulbearer, was born in Tipperary in 1941. He is presently living in Ennis, Co. Clare with his wife Rita. He was educated in Thurles CBS, St. Paul’s College, Raheny, Dublin, Cistercian College, Roscrea and then Trinity College Dublin. He trained as an hotelier and worked in Dublin, France, Germany, London, Antrim, Waterford and Galway. He has lived in the Burren, and spent the last 40 years gardening, building, writing, traveling mainly in Ireland, India Portugal and Spain, always remaining in touch with communities and writing groups, such as  Linenhall Writers, Castlebar, Co Mayo, Kinvara Writers, Co. Galway, Inis Writers, Ennis, Co. Clare, Nerja Writers, Spain.

 IBINABO ENEBI was born in Port Harcourt, Niger Delta, Nigeria.  She currently lives in Shannon, Co Clare. Her love for Poetry started early in life at the age of two, her favourite nursery rhymes being ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ and ‘Sing A Song of Six Pence’. She graduated with an honours Bachelor’s Degree in English Studies from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 1994. Her thesis was a collection of poetry titled, A Tribute to the Dead.  In February 2018, Ibi joined the Limerick Writers Centre and has participated in the Open Mic Poetry Reading  Session in the Centre’s  Monthly meetings ‘ On the Nail’ in Chez Le Fab, Limerick. She is a married mother of four and is looking forward to undertaking a Master s Degree program in Journalism in the University Of Limerick this September.


Contact Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 or Email for further information.