As part of Cork City Council’s celebrations of Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015, the incomparable Micheál O Muircheartaigh held an audience spellbound with his unique and encyclopaedic range of anecdotes at the Central Library, Grand Parade, Cork on Wednesday March 18th.
On the invitation of Leabharlanna Chorcaí and Cork City Councils’ Grúpa Forbartha Gaeilge, Michael was celebrating An Dán is ansa liom ó m’óige – my favourite childhood poem where people were asked to recall, and where possible recite, an excerpt from their favourite childhood poem and explain what it was about the poem that appealed to them.
As one might expect, this lead to stories from Micheál of poet Patrick Kavanagh arriving at the apartment of the object of his desire offering to help her move house with a wheelbarrow and stories of parish priests forbidden from owning greyhounds, registering under aliases and naming dogs after characters from Greek mythology to challenge onsite bookies to pronounce them.
Many of those attending brought copies of the poems and Cork City Council assisted by tracking down poems from lines remembered.
Chris Dorgan, Cork City Council’s Oifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge explained:
"We knew people had fond memories of poems learned from childhood but were having trouble finding the full text. We offered to track down poems for people to have available on the night. Who better to do justice to your poem than the unmistakable voice of Micheál O Muircheartaigh? This is something we will continue long after Seachtain na Gaeilge."
Those interested should e-mail email@example.com with what they can remember and we will do our best to track it down for them.