Irish Poetry Reading Collection


The Irish Poetry Reading Collection, which forms part of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, is a central repository for readings by Irish poets, in both the English and the Irish language. This collection aims to capture and preserve the rich and diverse landscape of poetry in Ireland, and includes the voices of: established poets; emerging poets; performance poets; avant-garde poets; English and Irish language poets; and Irish diaspora poets. Many of the readings are accompanied by handwritten or typed presentation copies of the poem, created by the poet especially for the reading.

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Jonathan Creasy reads one of his untitled poems


Poet Jonathan Creasy reads an untitled poem with the first line "I made of the city an incommunicate song …" in the Print Museum, Dublin, Ireland.

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Ailbhe Darcy reads her poem 'Icon'


Irish poet Ailbhe Darcy reads her poem 'Icon' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Manuscript of Ailbhe Darcy's poem 'Catacombs'


Handwritten presentation copy of the poem 'Catacombs'.

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Maurice Scully reads his poem 'Sunlight'


Irish poet Maurice Scully reads his poem 'Sunlight' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Manuscript of Maurice Scully's poem 'Sunlight'


Handwritten presentation copy of the poem 'Sunlight'.

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Manuscript of Maurice Scully's poem 'To Balance'


Handwritten presentation copy of the poem 'To Balance'.

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Maurice Scully reads his poem 'Poetry'


Irish poet Maurice Scully reads his poem 'Poetry' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Manuscript of Maurice Scully's poem 'Poetry'


Handwritten presentation copy of the poem 'Poetry'.

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John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Shed'


Irish poet John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Shed' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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John McAuliffe reads '1985', part 4 of his poem 'The Retreat'


Irish poet John McAuliffe reads '1985', part 4 of his poem 'The Retreat' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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John McAuliffe reads his poem 'The Way In'


Irish poet John McAuliffe reads his poem 'The Way In' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Aerialist'


Irish poet John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Aerialist' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Ruin'


Irish poet John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Ruin' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Jonathan Creasy reads one of his untitled poems


Poet Jonathan Creasy reads an untitled poem with the first line "Hunting through archives you fall into ruin …" in the Print Museum, Dublin, Ireland.

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John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Montevideo'


Irish poet John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Montevideo' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Maurice Scully reads his poem 'To Balance'


Irish poet Maurice Scully reads his poem 'To Balance' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Tinnitus'


Irish poet John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Tinnitus' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Action'


Irish poet John McAuliffe reads his poem 'Action' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Manuscript of Ailbhe Darcy's poem 'Icon'


Handwritten presentation copy of the poem 'Icon'.

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Ailbhe Darcy reads her poem 'Catacombs'


Irish poet Ailbhe Darcy reads her poem 'Catacombs' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Manuscript of Ailbhe Darcy's poem 'Icon'


Handwritten presentation copy of the poem 'Icon'.

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Medbh McGuckian reads her poem 'The Makeover'


Medbh McGuckian reads her poem 'The Makeover' for UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Bernard O'Donoghue reads his poem 'Ter Conatus'


Bernard O'Donoghue reads his poem 'Ter Conatus' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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