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Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin reads Patrick Kavanagh
Patrick Kavanagh's poem read by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin


A poignant reading of Moya Cannon's poem.

Dúlra (The Elements, Nature)

Spreading the Words
Hear how the natural word is perceived by Irish writers in the past and present.

Mary Costello's The River Capture

Every Life is Many Days
On Joyce the teacher, and the mystery of consciousness.

Making Music with Birds and Bugs

In this episode of City of Books, host Martina Devlin speaks to Professor David Rothenberg.

Sensory Places and Spaces

To mark the first National Green Week, UCD's Ciaran Beatty, Tina Lowe and David McCormack join host Lily Cahill to discuss their thoughts on sensory places and spaces

Fás aon oíche (Mushroom)

Spreading the Words
Ireland has a great biodiversity of fungi but how have the Irish referred to puffballs, stinkhorns and the like over the centuries?

Coll (Hazel tree)

Spreading the Words
Hazel trees have greatly benefited the people of Ireland since medieval times; hazel nuts have served as tasty, nutritional snacks and hazel rods have been used to construct houses and fences.

A Wet Summer's Evening

Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Joseph Woods evokes an all too familiar image, that of a rainy Irish summer.

The Light Fantastic

Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Kate Dempsey takes whimsical look at an everyday occurrence in rural Ireland.


Irish Poetry Reading Archive
Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe explores the associations between the female body and the moon.

Daniel's Duck

Irish Poetry Reading Archive
In Kerry Hardie's poem, an unfortunate duck provides a child's first encounter with death.

Filleadh ón Antartach

Words Lightly Spoken
Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh's poem tells a story of a man who travels to Antarctica only to fall in love with the sound of the ice and its landscape.

A Sonnet for Michael Viney

Words Lightly Spoken
Words Lightly Spoken, a podcast about poetry from Ireland, is a Rockfinch production, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

James Joyce, Treeless Hills and the Night of the Big Wind

Katherine O'Callaghan looks at the influence of forests on Joyce's Finnegans Wake.

Old and Tough / As love

Moya Cannon reads her poem 'Pollen' in which she describes the powdery grain as 'old and tough / as love'.

Ethics in the Age of Climate Change

UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life
Professor Maeve Cooke on how humans fundamentally need to rethink their ethics and their politics.

Dulra (Nature)

Spreading the Words
Learn about the word dulra or ‘nature’ and its etymology steeped in Irish history, poetry and mythic tale.