New initiatives will highlight the poetry of the commemoration
THE Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media, Catherine Martin TD, announced a new initiative as part of the Creative Imagination component of the 2012-2023 Centenary Decade program entitled “The poetry as commemoration ”. The project is led by the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at UCD Library and supported by the ministry, with a funding allocation of up to € 370,000 over the remainder of the Centennial Decade program.
Poetry as Commemoration ‘will see poetry used as a way to deepen the collective understanding of our past and to explore a difficult period in Irish history, linked to the struggle for independence and the civil war, in a spirit openness and inclusiveness.
The Irish Poetry Reading Archive will work in partnership with Poetry Ireland and collaborate with a wide range of poets, institutions, groups and individuals across the island of Ireland to deliver innovative and imaginative results. Contributors will include the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Local Government Management Agency, county archivists, arts officials, heritage officials, public libraries, schools, universities, museums and arts organizations , such as the Museum of Literature Ireland.
Ten new poems will be commissioned, in English and Irish, on subjects, themes and events related to the War of Independence and the Civil War, documented by these primary sources. Poems commissioned will be recorded and kept in the Irish Poetry Reading Archives and made available to all free of charge. A fine press publication of the commissioned poems will also be published.
An extensive complementary audience engagement program will also be offered, with online and in-person events taking place across the island of Ireland, in 2022-2023, including an extensive program of creative writing workshops. for adults and young people. Each activity will draw on primary sources from our national and local archives.
Poetry readings, online exhibitions, a symposium, a ‘poetry in public spaces’ initiative and a dedicated website hosting a virtual poetry wall are part of a range of anticipated opportunities for engagement with poetry. as a form of commemoration, created by this initiative.
Speaking about the initiative, Minister Martin said, “This is an exciting new partnership between the UCD Library Poetry Reading Archives and my department. ‘Poetry as Commemoration’ is a truly important opportunity for all of us to creatively examine and explore some of the important themes and events associated with the Emerging Irish State, based on engagement with the collections of the Archives national and local, concerning the war of independence and the civil war.
“This is a multi-faceted project, which will provide rich and varied opportunities for meaningful engagement with people of all ages across the island of Ireland. I also welcome the collaborative approach of the project and I wish every participating partners success ”.
The “Poetry as Commemoration” initiative is funded under the Creative Imagination component, one of the four components of the Centennial Decade 2012-2023 program. The Centennial Decade program for 2021 can be viewed at https://www.decadeofcentenaries.com/decade-of-centenaries-2012-2023-programme-for-2021/.
POEMS OF WAR
On the theme of poetry and part of Cork County Council’s 2021 Centenary Commemorative Work Program, supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, the Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media, the Committee of Cork County Council Commemorations will soon invite high school students across Cork County to submit their own poems relating to the War of Independence and / or the Civil War.
The poems submitted will be evaluated by the Council’s Commemorations Committee and the best poems will be chosen for inclusion in a bespoke commemorative poetry publication. Each student who submits a poem will receive a copy of the publication and there will be additional prizes for the top entries and the overall high school winner. More details on this competition will be announced shortly.
Speaking of very recent announcements and news, Cork County Council has received € 320,000 to support the upgrading and improvement of shop fronts and streets in 6 towns in the county through the program improvement of the urban landscape. Bandon, Castletownbere, Charleville, Fermoy, Macroom and Passage West are expected to receive support under this program, funded by the Ministry of Rural and Community Development.
Grants of up to 100% or € 8,000 are available to cover painting, signage replacement, window improvement, scaffolding, materials, lighting, street furniture and planting. Business and property owners are encouraged to apply through their relevant local municipal district office and the closing date for applications is September 7, 2021.
Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. Gillian Coughlan praised the project, saying: “Improving building facades and storefronts can lead to a distinct and memorable identity for cities, enhancing pride in being residents and unforgettable impressions for visitors. This program will allow owners and businesses in these cities to participate more in the great community effort to create a colorful and welcoming downtown.
Cork County Council Deputy Director General James Fogarty added: “This prosperous County Cork City Funding Program is welcome, providing an excellent opportunity for communities and businesses to continue the work undertaken during the last two years with the board. as part of the ACT project. The local focus will ensure that the selected cities will be able to express themselves to the best of their ability and continue their successes by attracting visitors, creating places and enriching local economic and community life.
The Streetscape Enhancement Scheme is a key part of Our Rural Future, the government’s five-year strategy to revitalize rural Ireland and is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development. More information on the Streetscape Enhancement Scheme is available via https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/your-county-council/how-your-council-works.
HERITAGE WEEK ‘THANKS’
Finally, this week, by mentioning the National Heritage Week, which took place from August 14 to 22, the Heritage Council sent a huge “thank you” to all those who contributed to this week, from project leaders to those who attended the various heritage activities that took place during the week.
As the Heritage Council (www.heritagecouncil.ie) noted, “Once again, National Heritage Week has shown that while we may still be physically separated, sharing our heritage brings our communities together. . Whether virtually or in person, this year’s projects were exceptional and reflected the creativity and commitment of project organizers across the country. Come on raibh míle maith agaibh ‘.