Poem of the Week S01 E34 : An Earrach Thiar by Máirtín Ó Direáin, read by Triona Nic Ruairi

Most countries have a national day of celebration, marking the birth of their modern day nation state or a high point in their cultural history; Ireland has St. Patrick’s day. Legend has it that the great man, who is of course credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, died on the 17th of March and is buried in the town of Downpatrick in Co. Down. Testament to Irish influenec on the world stage, St. Patrick’s day is celebrated in more countries than any otheer national holiday in the world but has come in for criticism in recent years for propagting negative stereotypes of the Irish people. So instead of indugging the stereotypes, we decided to propagate our own. that we are a cultured and poetic people. We invited Triona Nic Ruairi, a teacher from Mount Temple Comprehensive and long time friend of Near FM, to guide us through one of our most famous Irish language poets. 

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Poem of the Week invites you to listen to contributors recite some of their favorite poems and talk about what these poems mean to them. Presented by Morgan O’Reilly, this podcast series, originally broadcast on Near FM 2017/18, features some of Ireland’s most exciting new voices such as Jessica Traynor, Kate Dempsey, Kenneth Nolan and Alan Jude Moore alongside local people and community activists from the North Dublin area, this series offers a unique and diverse range of contributors.