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A series of commemorative plaques featuring the writing of well known Irish and International poets  have been installed around the City of Galway.

Often with a Galway twist, this series has become known as the Galway Poetry Trail and has so far included James Joyce, Mairtín Ó'Direáin, Seamus Heaney, Pádraic Ó'Conaire, Walter Macken, Louis MacNeice, Kevin Faller, Moya Cannon, Patricia Burke Brogan, W.B.Yeats, Gerald Dawe, Rita Ann Higgins, Gerard Hanberry, George Moore, Máire Holmes, and this year Paul Durcan, Little John Nee and Terry McDonagh have been added.

This project is organised jointly by Kennys Bookshop, Galway City Council and Cúirt International Festival of Literature. Pieces of creative writing about Galway are celebrated by being cast in bronze or engraved in stone and situated in an environment that reflects its content. For example, James Joyce’s poem “She weeps over Rahoon” is placed on the wall of Rahoon Graveyard, Gerald Dawe’s poem “The Tribune” is on the facade of the Connacht Tribune offices etc. Each plaque offers the viewer a moment of quiet contemplation with words to lift the soul in a busy urban environment. They should be seen as part of the fabric of the city itself.

We have gathered videos relating to the Galway Poetry Trail on one playlist on Kennys YouTube channel >>>

Most Recent Events:

Lots of laughter at the unveiling of Little John Nee's Haiku on Galway Prom, the latest plaque on the Galway Poetry Trail - Sunday 23rd April 2017.

There to launch the plaque were Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle, both of whom wrote celebratory haiku for the occasion!

There was also a lovely event at NUI Galway Campus on the following day, Monday 24th April, when a new plaque of poet Terry McDonagh's poem 'UCG by Degree's' was unveiled by Tom Kenny of Kennys Bookshop and Art Gallery as part of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

On Tuesday 25th April writer Tom Kilroy unveiled Paul Durcan's poem 'The One-Armed Crucifixion', the latest addition to the Galway Poetry Trail project on a windswept Grattan Road in Galway.

The plaque is adorned with a wonderfully fitting illustration by John Behan RHA - etched into the granite surface of the plaque.






Galway Poetry Trail Events ~ Year by Year.