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Crossing the Sound
Gerald Dawe

 

Artwork by Padraic Reaney

Eagle Country
Seán Lysaght

Crossing the Sound will be launched at the Creel Café, Westport Quay, on May 18th at 8.00pm.

 

Crossing the Sound is a collaboration between poet Gerald Dawe and the artist Padraic Reaney. They met back in the mid 1970s in Galway where Gerald had moved from Belfast to study at UCG, as it then was, and eventually settle down and spend the next twenty years before moving to Dublin in 1992.

 

Here poet and artist comment on the genesis of Crossing the Sound.

 

Gerald: ‘On a return to Galway as a visiting fellow at The Moore Institute (NUIG) the early years returned to me along with some new poems. During several conversations with Padraic we decided to collect a representative sample of the poems I had written out of the west - Galway, but also Mayo - and include alongside these thirty poems, a series of images which Padraic had been working on from his various and long-established fascination with the smaller islands of the western seaboard, including Inishark. We will publish a volume of the poems and Padraic’s images, images which do not illustrate the poems, but have their own raison d’être culminating in an exhibition of his paintings and graphics in the Kenny Art Gallery, Galway on 12 October 2018.’

 

“Crossing the Sound”, a collaboration between poet Gerald Dawe and the artist Padraic Reaney, will be launching in Achill at the Heinrich Boll weekend on Achill and in Westport later this summer, in aid of Mayo cancer charity, Pink Ribbon.

 

The book, a limited edition of just two hundred copies, features poems written over forty years by distinguished poet Gerald Dawe, alongside the Connemara-based artist, Padraic Reaney.  It celebrates and illuminates the beauty and history of the west of Ireland landscape through a curated selection of work inspired by and connected to the region and introduced by Hugo Hamilton.

 

Dawe and Reaney met in the mid-1970s in Galway, where Gerald had moved from Belfast to study at UCG, as it then was, and eventually settle down and spend the next twenty years before moving to Dublin. ‘This is a project we’ve been talking about for years. We’re delighted to see it finally in place in such as beautiful edition. It’s an apt way of offering a helping hand to the Pink Ribbon Charity in Mayo.  Finding ways of overcoming cancer is the big picture; this is just a small step.’

Eagle Country will be launched at the Creel Café, Westport Quay, on May 18th at 8.00pm.

 

Eagle Country is a quest into the wild places of Mayo and the west of Ireland. What began as a series of walks along the roads close to the author’s house, exploring the fractal of country lanes and boreens, became an epic journey across the remote hills and rugged sea coasts in search of places where sea eagles and golden eagles nested before their local extinction in the twentieth century. Captivated by the history and fortunes of Ireland’s eagles, Seán Lysaght walked in west Cork and Kerry, to the lakes of Killarney, Lough Derg in County Clare, and to Glenveagh National Park in north-west Donegal. Based on his observations of people, landscapes and wildlife along the way, Eagle Country unfolds before us like a prose map, marking out the memories, place names and folklore that have been shaped by a vanished species. It also celebrates the return of seat eagles and golden eagles to Ireland, following successful reintroduction programmes.

 

Seán Lysaght has published six volumes of poems, including The Clare Island Survey (1991), Scarecrow

(1998), The Mouth of a River (2007) and Carnival Masks (2014), all from Gallery Press. He has also published a translation of Goethe’s Venetian  Epigrams (Gallery, 2008), a verse narrative of the life of Edmund Spenser, and, most recently, a prose work, Eagle Country (Little Toller, 2018). He won the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award in 2007 and his Selected Poems appeared from Gallery in 2010.He lives in Westport, County Mayo.