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Orpheus Michael Hartnett: Friday, October 18, Guthanna Binne Síoraí will stage a bi-lingual multimedia reading of this unique and influential poet who was steeped in the Gaelic tradition.


Guthanna Binne Síoraí will stage a bi-lingual multimedia reading Friday, October 18, of this unique and influential poet who was steeped in the Gaelic tradition. A man ‘who lived his art’, as noted by one of Ireland’s foremost poets and translator Gabriel Fitzmaurice – who will read poems in Irish, and share his memories of his friend Michael. Head of voice at The Lir Academy and artistic director of Guthanna Binne Síoraí and Mouth on Fire Cathal Quinn will read poems in English. Sean-nós and contemporary dancer Sibéal Davitt will respond to the texts and to music by Michelle Mulcahy on the harp, fiddle and concertina, and from musician, broadcaster, and producer Tristan Rosenstock on bodhrán. 

Orféas Nua / The New Orpheus, Michael Hartnett: A bi-lingual celebration twenty years on takes place at 8 pm, Friday, October 18, at 1 Pery Square, Georgian Quarter, Limerick. Tickets are €5 and are available at the door on the night.  

Cailleadh Mícheál Ó hAirtnéide scór bliain ó shin, file dátheangach a ndúirt Seán Ó Tuama faoi: ‘His poetry in Irish exudes an intimate lyric magic; indeed, his poetic voice is more lucid, more natural perhaps, in his Irish poems than those in English.’

Déanfaidh an compántas Guthanna Binne Síoraí comóradh agus ceiliúradh, Dé hAoine 18 Deireadh Fómhair ar ‘Lorca Luimnigh’, mar a thug Heaney air. D’fhéadfadh gur fhág A Farewell to English ina dhílleachta teanga é, gan glacadh leis go hiomlán ina dhiaidh sin i saol an Bhéarla ná i saol na Gaeilge ach oiread. Páirteach sa chomóradh anocht beidh Cathal Quinn agus Gabriel Fitzmaurice, an damhsóir Sibéal Davitt agus an ceoltóir Michelle Mulcahy agus Tristan Rosenstock. 

This is a guthanna binne síoraí/ everlasting voices production.

 Featuring special guests Cathal Quinn and Gabriel Fitzmaurice, dancer Sibéal Davitt and musicians Michelle Mulcahy and Tristan Rosenstock

Seamus Heaney of Michael Hartnett said, “I’ll never forget reading his first short poems…they had a kind of hypnotic power, as if a new Orpheus has emerged from Newcastle West. He was Limerick’s Lorca.”


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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