Monaghan poet Mary O’Donnell’s new collection of poetry, ‘Those April Fevers’ (Arc Publications), was launched last week at the Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin. Dr James Heaney, a lecturer in English at Carlow College, introduced the poems and Mary herself read some of them. Chair of the Centre’s Board Liz McManus welcomed guests to the event. Among the attendance were a number of supporters of the William Carleton Society Summer School (two of them patrons) and several poets.
As the capital prepares for a Monaghan invasion for the return match against the Dubs at Croke Park on Sunday in the National League football semi-final, tonight (Thursday) was also an important (and busy) night for Monaghan folk in Dublin in the arts world. Donaghmoyne artist Kate Beagan was launching a new exhibition of her paintings “I Came Upon A Place” in the Doorway Gallery at South Frederick Street. Mary O’Donnell from Monaghan town was celebrating the publication of a new collection of poetry, “Those April Fevers” by Arc Publications. There were many familiar faces in the Benedict Kiely room at the Irish Writers Centre in Parnell Square, including several supporters of the William Carleton summer school such as poets Maurice Harmon and Iggy McGovern.