Poetry is alive and well!
One of the most celebrated modern female writers, both nationally and internationally, was at UCD last week and the English department of Dominican College accepted an invitation to attend a poetry reading in celebration of her upcoming term of residence. Ireland Professor of Poetry, Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin, has featured on the Leaving Certificate English syllabus for a number of years now, so it was a fantastic opportunity to hear her speak about, and read from, a selection her work.
Her poems in their complex yet accessible form, present to us a way to register life in its fullness, including its darkness and emptiness. They seem to call out to readers, to urge us to practice insight, a task that involves the true discipline of empathy - very much in keeping with our ‘Veritas’ motto here in Dominican College, Griffith Avenue. Ireland’s story is not complete; it continues to grow and develop in richness and diversity. As we race into 2018 - a world that too often celebrates technological advancement over all else - it is more important than ever to remember that our national heritage deserves to be an integral part of our future, indeed it is fundamental to our ongoing narrative as a country.
Poetry is alive and well, and has a great deal to teach us. Looking forward to bringing the works of this fantastic scholar to our senior English students. (Ms. Donohoe, English Department)