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Poetry Day Ireland takes place on May 7th 2015

Calling all Poetry Enthusiasts! Poetry Day Ireland takes place on May 7th 2015

Poetry Day Ireland takes place on May 7th 2015 and there are a number of ways poetry enthusiasts can celebrate the event in Mayo!

Poetry Reading

Mayo County Council Arts Office and Library Service have invited acclaimed Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins and award winning Swinford poet Martin Dyar to read some of their poetry in Mayo County Library, Castlebar on the 7th of May.   The readings will start at 7pm and will be the perfect way to round of Poetry Day Ireland 2015.  Admission is free and all are welcome.  

Rita Ann Higgins was born in Galway.  She has published ten collections of poetry, her most recent being Ireland is Changing Mother, (Bloodaxe 2011), a memoir in prose and poetry Hurting God (Salmon 2010). She is the author of six stage plays and one screen play. She has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, among others an honorary professorship. She is a member of Aosdána. Rita Ann Higgins’s readings are legendary. Raucous, anarchic, witty and sympathetic, her poems chronicle the lives of the Irish dispossessed in ways that are both provocative and heart-warming. Her next collection Tongulish is due out in April 2016 from Bloodaxe.

Swinford poet Martin Dyar’s debut collection of poems Maiden Names (Arlen House, 2013) was a book of the year selection in both the Guardian and The Irish Times, and was shortlisted for both the Pigott Poetry Prize and the Shine/Strong Award. Martin won the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2009, and the Strokestown International Award in 2001. He has also been the recipient of two Arts Council Bursary Awards for literature. A graduate of NUI Galway, and Trinity College Dublin, most recently he was a Writer Fellow at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He is presently completing his debut novel, the story of a religious cult set in County Mayo.

Pocket Poems

Poetry Ireland will be printing thousands of poems on pocket-sized cards to distribute around the country for the Pocket Poems Campaign on 7 May 2015 – in Mayo these will be distributed through a number of library branches across the county in the week leading up to and on Poetry Day Ireland itself.   

Online Initiatives

Keep an eye out for online initiatives closer to the date and help to flood Facebook and Twitter with poetry on May 7th!

For further information on Poetry Day Ireland 2015 please contact Mayo Arts Office on 094 904 7558 |


Awards deadline 2018 announced 

Amateur Drama and Music Assistance Recording Awards and Tyrone Guthrie Residency now open for application for 2018. 

Deadline: 23rd October 2018 at 5pm. 

For more information and application forms go to: Funding Application Form

Mayo Arts Service: T:094 9064376 / 094 9064367, 

Awards deadline 2018 announced-read the full story.

Mayo County Council Arts Plan 2018 - 2022

Mayo County Council Arts Office is currently developing a new five-year strategic arts plan for the county, which will be produced early next year.

We are actively seeking the views of those involved and interested in the arts, at all levels, within the county. This includes arts venues, festivals, artists, communities and people who use, or who benefit from our service.

We would welcome your contribution. Please complete our Arts Plan questionnaire, link below. (Alternatively you can write, email or phone the arts office. Or you can request a word document of the questionnaire)

Our current arts plan can be viewed here Mayo County Council Strategic Arts Plan 2011-2016

A profile of the services we deliver is available on the website here

Arts Plan Questionnaire

Thank you for your time and interest.

We also have a  questionnaire specifically for young people: Young People Questionnaire


Contact Details: Arts Office, Mayo County Council, Áras an Contae, Castlebar, Co Mayo.


Phone: 094 90 47558 / 47471


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