Sunday 25 February 2018

It's poetry in motion

Tommy O'Brien

THE annual International Poetry Festival will return to Fermoy this weekend, with a raft of well-known Irish and international poets set to perform at venues across the town.

This year's festival is set to be the biggest yet, with poetry readings taking place in the Grand Hotel, local pubs and even Fermoy Hospital over the three days.

On Friday (tomorrow) poets will bring poetry to the masses when they take to the streets of Fermoy, holding impromptu open air readings as well as local banks, shops, cafes, pharmacies and restaurants.

This is in addition to daily readings in the designated festival pubs around the town, workshops and the return of the hugely successful Festival Poetry Bus.

Festival chairman Gene Barry said six new poetry books will be launched over the weekend - the largest number of anthologies launched at any festival of its kind in Ireland this year.

He pointed out the festival growing in stature each year thanks to the support of Poetry Ireland and the Munster Literacy Society and the patronage of Cork County Council's arts office.

"Many previous visitors will be returning this year, thanks in no small measure to the courtesy shown by people from the Fermoy area," said Mr Barry.

"Once again we look forward to welcoming visitors from home and abroad to our town for what promises to be yet another hugely enjoyable experience," he said.

The festival will get underway today at 4pm in the Grand Hotel with an official reception for Irish and overseas visitors, with the official launch taking place in the same venue at 7pm.

This will herald the start of a packed weekend with much of the attention focussed on local pubs including Lombard's, The Avondhu Bar, The Wagon Tavern, Charlie Mac's, Clancy's, The Long bar and Cheers.

For details of the full festival programme visit


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