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Olivia O’Leary presents The Heart of Summer: Derrynane House

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Derrynane House

V23 FX65 Caherdaniel

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Enjoy a feast of music and poetry in one of Ireland's great historic houses, introduced by Olivia O'Leary, acclaimed journalist and presenter of RTÉ Radio 1's Poetry Programme.


Irish Times Poetry Now Award winner Paddy Bushe, poet and children’s author Enda Wyley, and acclaimed traditional singer and musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh will be Olivia’s guests in Derrynane House in Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry. Standing at the very tip of the stunning Iveragh Peninsula, Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, one of the great figures in modern Irish history. Derrynane was one of the great influences on O'Connell's life, and now displays many relics of his life and career.


Born in Dublin in 1948, Paddy Bushe lives in Kerry. He is a poet, editor and translator. On A Turning Wing (Dedalus 2016), won the 2017 Irish Times Poetry Now Award. A collection in Irish, Móinéar an Chroí, was published in 2018. Two collections, one in English and a dual-language selection of his poems in Irish, will be published by Dedalus in 2020. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish academy for creative artists,and is the Artistic Director of the recently established Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering.


Enda Wyley has published five collections of poetry, most recently Borrowed Space, New and Selected Poems, Dedalus Press. A sixth collection, The Painter on his Bike, is forthcoming from Dedalus. She has been the inaugural winner of the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and the recipient of a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. She is a member of Aosdána.


Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is a multi-award winning traditional singer and musician from Corca Dhuibhne, West Kerry. A leading exponent of the sean nós style, her repertoire also includes songs from a wide variety of folk and contemporary sources. Her childhood in West Kerry saw her immersed in a rich cultural environment and vital living tradition, which was to be hugely influential on the foundation of her distinctive vocal and instrumental sound.

She has enjoyed a successful career as a touring artist, with over thirteen years experience as lead singer and flute player with the Irish traditional supergroup Danú, as well as a many years performing as a solo artist. Muireann is also a popular television presenter, having hosted a range of programmes for Irish and Scottish TV over the past decade including the celebrated traditional music series “Port”. She currently presents her own music programmeMalairt Poirt le Muireann” on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and has also turned her attention to a collaborative Irish language electronic music project entitled Aeons.



For more than four decades, Olivia O’Leary has been recognised as one of Ireland’s foremost journalists and broadcasters. Moving from RTÉ to BBC’s Newsnight was a key moment in her career and she became that programme’s first senior female presenter in 1985. She returned to RTE to host flagship programmes Today Tonight, Prime Time and Question and Answers, winning awards for these and BBC
Radio 4’s Between Ourselves. Also writing for the Irish Times, Olivia O’Leary became established as one of the most formidable reporters in political journalism when the domain was almost exclusively male. She is known for her sharp intellect and literary prowess, and earned an early reputation for tenacity and focus as an interviewer.


Presented by Poetry Ireland in partnership with the OPW.

Poetry Ireland’s principal supporters are the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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