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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Paula Meehan reads her poem 'The Pattern'


Irish poet Paula Meehan reading a poem about her mother called 'The Pattern' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Rita Ann Higgins reads her poem 'The Hedger'


Irish poet Rita Ann Higgins reads her poem 'The Hedger' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Signed typescript of Maurice Harmon's 'The Stunning Place'


Typescript presentation copy of the poem 'The Stunning Place'.

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Maurice Harmon reads his poem 'The Stunning Place'


Irish poet Maurice Harmon reads his poem 'The Stunning place' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Rita Ann Higgins reads her poem 'Be Someone'


Irish poet Rita Ann Higgins reads her poem 'Be Someone' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Signed typescript of Maurice Harmon's 'The Long Haul'


Typescript presentation copy of the poem 'The Long Haul'.

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Rita Ann Higgins reads her poem 'This Was No Ithaca'


Irish poet Rita Ann Higgins reads her poem 'This Was No Ithaca' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Manuscript of Declan Collinge's poem 'Common Ground'


Handwritten presentation copy of the poem 'Common Ground'.

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Tony Curtis reads his poem 'In the Wilderness'


Irish poet Tony Curtis reads his poem 'In the Wilderness' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Declan Collinge reads his poem 'Common Ground'


Irish poet Declan Collinge reads his poem 'Common Ground' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Signed typescript of Maurice Harmon's 'Stone Games'


Typescript presentation copy of the poem 'Stone Games'. Signed by the author.

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Maurice Harmon reads his poem 'Stone Games'


Irish poet Maurice Harmon reads his poem 'Stone Games' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Signed typescript of Maurice Harmon's 'Loose Connections'


Typescript presentation copy of the poem 'Loose Connections'. Signed by the author.

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Theo Dorgan reads his poem 'Croke Park'


Irish poet Theo Dorgan reads his poem 'Croke Park' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Pat Boran reads his poem 'Children'


Irish poet Pat Boran reads his poem 'Children' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Maurice Harmon reads his poem 'The Long Haul'


Irish poet Maurice Harmon reads his poem 'The Long Haul' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Maurice Harmon reads his poem 'Loose Connections'


Irish poet Maurice Harmon reads his poem 'Loose Connections' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Manuscript of Gerard Smyth's poem 'Islandbridge'


Handwritten presentation copy of the poem 'Islandbridge'.

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Gerard Smyth reads his poem 'Islandbridge'


Irish poet Gerard Smyth reads his poem 'Islandbridge' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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Manuscript of Peter Donnelly's poem 'Elegy'


Handwritten presentation copy of the poem 'Elegy'.

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Mary O'Malley reads her poem 'Philoctatea'


Mary O'Malley reads her poem 'Philoctatea', in the UCD Library Special Collections Reading Room.

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Manuscript of Peter Donnelly's poem 'The Brain, IV: Computing'


Handwritten presentation copy of the poem 'The Brain, IV: Computing'.

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Peter Donnelly reads his poem 'Elegy'


Irish poet Peter Donnelly reads his poem 'Elegy' in UCD Library's Special Collections.

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