Seven Ways To Celebrate Poetry Day Ireland

Tomorrow, Thursday April 26, is POETRY DAY IRELAND. The theme this year is POETRY SURPRISES – it’s a day to share a poem or read a poem. Here’s our pick of the best events taking place around the country …

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Pop into any Applegreen for a pit stop and some poetry. Drivers will be able to pick up a free driving-themed poetry card by Seamus Heaney at any of the 120 Applegreen shops across Ireland. Fuel for thought …


The Poetry Ireland headquarters at 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1 will be presenting 12 hours of events. Catch a screening of the classic documentary Night Mail, which includes the poetry of WH Auden.


Take a poetic tour of 11 Parnell Square’s hidden nooks and crannies with Yeats’ muse Maud Gonne, who is played by actor Caitríona Ní Mhurchú (at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm).


At 6pm find out about the winners of The Moth International Poetry Prize, or enjoy a mix of music and poetry with poet John McAuliffe and singer-songwriter Kevin Doherty.

Poet and running enthusiast, John O’Donnell leads a 5km Poetry Run around Dublin, departing from Run Logic on Smock Alley Court. Don’t worry if you can’t keep up with John – there’ll be plenty of poetry pitstops.


In Cork at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” will be presented by stage and screen actress Cathy Belton at 1pm. First published in 1922 “The Waste Land” is undoubtedly one of the 20th-century’s most important poems. While admission is free, it is best to book this event.

If you happen to be a guest at one of The Doyle Collection hotels (The Westbury, The River Lee and The Croke Park), you’ll find a pillow poem – which we think is a lovely way to end the day. Do the same at home by browsing an anthology of poems.

For further information on poetry events around the country visit

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