Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland, has kindly offered to give the RHA Friends a tour of the current home of Poetry Ireland: No. 11 Parnell Square. This four storey, protected, Georgian structure is of great historical importance and an active part of the Parnell Square cultural quarter.
Poetry Ireland are currently working on the development of a Capital Fundraising Strategy in order to reach their goal and begin work on the new Poetry Ireland Centre. The new vision for the house is underway: the basement will function as an independent restaurant, and the ground floor and first floor(including the two storey 20th century extension to the rear) will house the Poetry Ireland Centre, which will comprise of elegant performance and workshop spaces, a café and bookshop and the custom-designed Seamus Heaney Working Poetry Library. The upper two floors will be used as office space. The establishment of the Poetry Ireland Centreat No. 11 Parnell Square will add significantly to the regeneration of the north inner city and enable the opening up of Poetry Ireland to new communities.
No. 11 Parnell Square is set to become an integral part of a visionary project to fulfil the City’s ambitions for a cultural cluster with high public footfall in the Parnell Square area. No. 11 will proudly join the Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane and the Gate Theatre, as well as the Dublin Writer’s Museum, the Irish Writer’s Centre, The James Joyce Centre and the proposed new City Library in Dublin’s literary quarter.
Following this Director’s tour the RHA Friends are invited to stay for the launch of Stephen Sexton’s first collection of poems beginning at 6.30pm. Sexton is the winner of 2016’s National Poetry Competition after his poem The Curfew was chosen from over 12,000 entries.
Booking is essential for all Friends of the RHA events. To book please email Michelle Considine, Friends co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01 661 2558.