Recorded in the grounds of Emo Court, Co. Laois, Ireland, The Statues of Emo Court celebrates patience, resilience and the turning of the seasons, finding inspiration in the statues of one of Ireland’s most celebrated Big Houses at Emo Court, not far from my native Portlaoise. The poem was commissioned by Dunamaise Arts Centre, and […]
The Pier. A new poem/film shot on the East Pier, Howth, Co. Dublin, August 2020
I am honoured to be a (virtual) participant in the 30th anniversary gathering of this world-famous poetry festival. Featured photo: Universe Shopping (Palermo, 2019) by Pat Boran
HERE’S A SHORT FILM, based on my poem Rhododendron Gardens, Howth, made during the lockdown travel restrictions of recent weeks. The poem itself is a couple of years old, and about the experience of return visits to a familiar location. I suppose for obvious reasons it seemed to take on additional significance in the present climate. If […]
A new poem, written on a visit to Vilnius, Lithuania in May 2019, and dedicated to Greta Thunberg, in admiration of her courage, energy and vision.
I was very much taken by surprise when this video, produced by RTÉ Sport, and built around an audio recording of my poem Lining Out, went viral in September 2018 during the week of the All-ireland Senior Football final, with over a quarter of a million views in a few days. It’s a testament, I […]
As part of their ongoing Irish Poetry Archive, Pat Boran reads ‘Station Road, Sutton’ for UCD Library Special Collections
A selection of poems, with an introductory essay by Billy Ramsell, on Poetry International here.