Cork City Council Celebrates Poetry Day Ireland with the launch of Poetry in the Park!

29 April 2021 

Cork City Libraries invite you to enjoy poetry while you stroll around Cork City’s beautiful parks.

‘Poetry in the Park’ is an exciting new initiative from Cork City Libraries in collaboration with Cork City Council’s Parks and Recreation Operations.

‘Poetry in the Park’ will see a variety of poems written by local poets, proudly displayed in three of Cork City’s parks (the Regional Park Ballincollig, Tramore Valley Park, and Fitzgerald Park) from Thursday 29 April to celebrate Poetry Day Ireland 2021. Works by emerging and young poets will be installed alongside well-established award winners, which will be updated throughout the summer.  

Patricia Looney, Senior Executive Librarian at Cork City Libraries says ‘At a time when so many people are making use of our beautiful parks, we are also taking the opportunity to showcase the vibrant literary life of Cork. We have included poetry in many languages to highlight the diversity of writing here in Cork City and the future of the literary scene. The theme of this year’s Poetry Day Ireland is New Directions: Maps and Journeys and this is certainly a new direction for presenting poetry to the public in our city.’

Stephen Scully, Cork City Council’s Parks and Recreation Operations Department says, “We are delighted to partner with Cork City Libraries to have poetry animate our largest parks in the coming weeks. Our parks and green spaces have been increasingly appreciated during the Covid19 Pandemic and it is great to see creative responses to further enhance the park user’s experience”.

The ‘Poetry in the Park’ collection will be in place throughout the summer. So, stop and take a moment to read each piece - even those of you who think poetry is not for you may be pleasantly surprised!

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