Poem of the Week S01 E35 : On Visiting Ellis Island, written and read by Annemarie Ni Churreáin

Annemarie Ni Churreáin joined us for the second in the series, coming into the studio to celebrate Mother’s Day with us, tracing her grandmother’s emigrant experience from a visit to New York’s infamous reception station at Ellis Island. Like so many others, Annemarie’s grandmother emigrated to the states in search of a life that Ireland couldn’t offer her. She returned however, to her native Donegal, and it is her fortitude, her compassion and her depth of experience that inspired her granddaughter Annemarie to pen her this tribute. 

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet and writer from Donegal, Ireland. Her debut collection Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland and for the 2018 Julie Suk Award in the U.S.A. 

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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.