The 2022 Gallery

Enjoy a look back at the 2022 festival with photographs (many by the wonderful members of Skerries Camera Club, whose images greatly contribute to this page).

We even added three nuggets, see can you find them all – short videos with animations based on poems around our 2022 theme:

The sea, that blue end of the world— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

If you attended one or more of our events, don’t forget to give us your feedback! Details on our Feedback page.

Thursday 1 September

Illumination of Floraville
and Launch of the Fingal Poetry Festival 2022

Location: Floraville Park, Strand Street, Skerries Co. Dublin
Date and Time: Thurs 1 September 2022, 8.30 – 9.30 pm. More…

Celebrating the light that poetry brings to our lives. Many people joined us for the launch of the Festival and an evening of poetry and spectacular video display.

Floraville played stage to poetry and music, launching this year’s Festival in style, by celebrating the light that poetry brings to our lives.  We listened to poetry and watched a live performance of  “Currents”, a specially commissioned poem by Sunday’s Child, which also features in our spectacular new video projection, staying in situ until the Final Verses have rung out on September 18th.

Music: Oscar Churcher and Diarmuid Slattery.

Photographs: Donal Greene

Thursday 15 September

Opening Verses

Location: The Watermills Café, Skerries Mills
Time and Date: Thursday 15 September 2022, from 8 pm. Doors: 7.30 pm
Languages: Irish Sign Language Interpretation. Bilingual: Irish / English. More…

We opened our 2022 festival with an evening of poetry both live and on video.
Presenting an exciting new film poem by Pat Boran, especially commissioned for the Fingal Poetry Festival.
Live readings were provided by Aifric Mac Aodha, and UK-based poet, Kate Miller.
Music: Keith Burke and Sarah May Rogers
Unfortunately, MAKOSH, an aerial dance spectacle with Polina Shapkina and Ruairí O’Shea, were unable to join us on the night, due to health reasons.

Photographs: Niall O’Reilly

OUT OF THE BLUE. A poetry film by Pat Boran. Release: The evening of 15 September 2022.
Animation by Cathal Gallagher. Edited by Matthew Kelly. Created for the 2022 Fingal Poetry Festival.

Friday 16 September

Lunchtime Poems

Location: Joe May’s Pub (upstairs), Skerries Harbour
Date and Time: Fri 16 September 2022, 1-2 pm. More…

The first of our festival lunchtime readings in this iconic Fingal location featured poets Michael O’Loughlin and Breda Wall Ryan with music by Muireann McDonnell.
Poetry, music and a bite to eat overlooking beautiful Skerries Harbour – what’s not to like??

Photographs by Martine Healy (17), Donal Greene (2)

Community Poets Invite

Location: Skerries Harps GAA Club, Thomas Hand Street, Skerries
Date and Time: Fri 16 September 2022, 5 – 6.30 pm
Languages: Irish Sign Language Interpretation.

Our series focussing on Poetry in the Community continued this year with readings from Donabate’s Chinkwell Writers with very special guest, poet Nessa O’Mahony. Music by Liz Seaver.

Animation by Cathal Gallagher. Edited by Matthew Kelly. Created for the 2022 Fingal Poetry Festival.

Fingal Poetry Slam

Location: The Watermills Café, Skerries Mills
Date and Time: Fri 16 September 2022, 7 pm. More…

Hugely popular night with performance poets competing for the title of Festival Slam Champion. With featured poets Craig Doyle, who jumped in at short notice as Emmet O’Brien couldn’t make it due to illness, and Sheila Ryder.
Music: Thunderclap (Aidan) Murphy

Photographs: Niall O’Reilly

Music and the Muse

Location: Irish Institute of Music and Song, Church Street, Balbriggan
Date and Time: Fri 16 September 2022, 8 pm. More…

A glittering night of poetry and song featuring new poetic voice Nithy Kasa and one of Ireland’s best-known poets and writers, Dermot Bolger.
Music by the Sarah May Rogers Band.

Photographs by Niall O’Reilly (9) and Ernestine Woelger (2)

Saturday 17 September

Poetry Walk through the High Woods, Ardgillan

Location: Meet us at the Coffee Dock, Upper Car Park, Ardgillan
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 10-11 am. More…

What a wonderful day for a wander among Ardgillan’s lovely trees. Led by Enda Coyle-Greene with special guest poet Susan Connolly who also provided the music. Many did bring a poem to share…

Photographs: Ann Rooney.

‘Night Sky’ Poetry Workshop with Anne Tannam

Location: Online via Zoom
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 11 am – 1 pm
Language: English

A dynamic and interactive ONLINE workshop that explored through poetry our intimate connection with stars and the night sky.  Participants were to come away with first drafts of poems, and hopefully, stars in their eyes!  More details…

An Dán ar an Ardán: Ceardlann Filíochta le Ciara Ní É – Irish Language Poetry Workshop

Location: Ar líne / Online via Zoom
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 11 am – 1 pm
Teanga / Language: Gaeilge

Sa cheardlann seo phléigh Ciara gach a mbaineann le cur i láthair filíochta, a chabhróidh le gach rannpháirtí teacht ar a stíl féin. More details…

Poems Signed Sealed Delivered

Location: Joe May’s Pub (upstairs), Skerries Harbour
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 1-2 pm
Language: English, Irish Sign Language Interpretation.

The second of our luchtime readings was a unique event featuring the Deaf Poets Society sharing their work voiced via an interpreter. Also on the bill, Skerries-based Bob Shakeshaft, reading from his recently-published debut collection.
Music: Operatic melodies with Lea Försterling and Eoin Conway. More…

Stephen Maguire, typewriter poet

Location: Outside Egan’s Ocean Fresh Fish Shop, Strand Street, Skerries
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 1-4 pm

Visitors could take a 20 minute slot with Stephen, who wrote a personal poem, just for them. More details…

Photographs by Ann Rooney.

Family Poetry Fest

Location: Floraville Park, Strand Street, Skerries Co. Dublin
Languages: Irish Sign Language Interpretation. Bilingual event: Irish / English.
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 2-4 pm

Lots of creative fun centred around words including readings by Áine Ní Ghlinn, the Laureate na nÓg and friends, an Open Mic for children and young adults, painting, games and much more… More details…

Photographs by Michael Gavin.

Fingal Poetry Prize & An Fiach Dubh Winners Unveiled

Location: S.A.B.C. Bridge Club, 73B Strand Street, Skerries, K34C951
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 3.30-5 pm
Languages: Bilingual: Irish / English.

What makes a competition-winning poem?
Those who joined us for readings by our judges, Iggy McGovern and Louis de Paor, two of Ireland’s finest poets found out, when the results of the Fingal Poetry Prize and An Fiach Dubh were revealed. See here for the titles and authors of the winning poems!
Music: Oscar Churcher and Diarmuid Slattery. More…

Photographs: Donal Greene

Comhrá & Craic at the Gladstone Inn

Location: Gladstone Inn, Skerries Co. Dublin
Languages: Irish (all levels welcome)
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 5-7 pm

Gaeilge le chéile. An Irish language conversation group. All levels of Irish speakers were welcome. More…

Animation by Cathal Gallagher. Edited by Matthew Kelly. Created for the 2022 Fingal Poetry Festival.

Poetry and All That Jazz

Location: Little Theatre, Skerries
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 8 pm

Poets Angela Gardner and Leontia Flynn were joined by the Nigel Mooney TrioNigel Mooney, Ireland’s King of the Blues on guitar, with Johnny Taylor on piano and Barry Donoghue on bass. More details…

Photographs: Niall O’Reilly

Sunday 18 September

Poetry Walk by the Sea

Location: Meet us at the Sea Scouts Den, Harbour Road, Skerries
Date and Time: Sun 18 September 2022, 11 am
Languages: Bilingual: Irish / English.

The second of our highly enjoyable Poetry Walks, led by Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin with special guest poet Eva O’Connor (Sunday’s Child) and music by Skerries Folk Club.
We met by the Sea Scouts’ Den on Harbour Road for a stroll around Red Island, the jewel in Skerries’ crown.
Featuring a stunning live performance piece by Eva O’Connor. Many brought a poem by themselves or poets they like and shared them! More…

Photographs: Ann Rooney

Seomra / Salon with Open Mic

Location: Joe May’s (upstairs), Skerries Harbour.
Date and Time: Sun 18 September 2022, 1-2 pm
Languages: Bilingual: Irish / English.

What an enjoyable Sunday lunch… Having a bite to eat and being entertained by poets Ciara Ní É and Peter O’Neill, with Open Mic to follow.
MC Seána Ó Rodaigh.
Music: Sara Dennedy and Donal Kearney More…

Photographs: Niall O’Reilly

Final Verses

Location: Little Theatre, Old Schoolhouse, Dublin Road, Skerries
Date and Time: Sun 18 September 2022, 3.30-5 pm

Featuring poetry and music with Mary Branley and GreenBird, and Gerard Smyth, we closed this year’s festival in fine eclectic style. More…

Photographs: Niall O’Reilly

And these were our events for our younger audiences throughout Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September

Clinic Leabhar do Pháistí / Book Clinic

Location: Holmpatrick National School, Convent Lane, Skerries
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022
Languages: Bilingual: Irish / English.

Parents and children could book a slot with the book doctor (bilingual): Bhí an Dochtúir Leabhar linn ó Leabhair Pháistí Éireann chun an leabhar is ansa do do pháiste a phlé & leabhair eile a mholadh di/dó. The book doctor was for young readers seeking an injection of new Irish language literature in their lives. The consultation facilitated the non-fluent Irish speakers, parent and child alike. More…

Siopa Leabhar do Pháistí

Location: Holmpatrick National School
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 11 am – 12.30 pm
Languages: Bilingual: Irish / English.

Is féidir liom léamh! Parents and children were invited to come and see some Irish children’s books and get inspired. More…

Visit Laureate na nÓg Áine Ní Ghlinn

Location: Holmpatrick National School, Convent Lane, Skerries
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 11 am – 12 noon
Languages: Bilingual: Irish / English. Participating children should have some Irish.

At this stimulating, fun workshop for 10-12 yr olds with Áine Ní Ghlinn, the Children’s Laureate, Irish language story and poetry was used to inspire creativity.
This was followed by a short bilingual presentation for parents on the scope of books available to enrich their children’s Irish. More…

Family Poetry Fest

Location: Floraville Park, Strand Street, Skerries Co. Dublin
Languages: Irish Sign Language Interpretation. Bilingual event: Irish / English.
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 2-4 pm

See above for details and photographs.

Leaflings Fun Workshop

Location: Holmpatrick National School, Convent Lane, Skerries
Date and Time: Sat 17 September 2022, 3 – 4 pm
Age: Suitable for 5 years+.

Drawing and poetry workshop with Niamh Sharkey and Owen Churcher.
Participants could draw their own field guide, learned how to draw Leaflings and created an acrostic poem based on the names of some of the trees in Niamh and Owen’s book. More…

Children’s Poetry Corner

Location: Holmpatrick National School, Convent Lane
Date and Time: Sun 18 September 2022, 1.30-2.15 pm
and Sun 18 September 2022, 3-3.45 pm.
Age: 4-7 years. No unaccompanied children, please.

Fiona Dowling was in the Children’s Poetry Corner for two shows, with stories, riddles and songs for little ones, celebrating the power of imagination and our ability to be playful with words. More…

Events with Irish Sign Language Interpretation

See above for details and photographs for these events!

Opening Verses

Community Poets Invite 

Poems Signed Sealed Delivered

Family Poetry Fest 

Imeachtaí le Gaeilge / Irish-Language Events

Féach thuas: Eolas agus pictiúir. / See above: Information and pictures.

Opening Verses

An Dán ar an Ardán: Ceardlann Filíochta le Ciara Ní É – Irish Language Poetry Workshop

Clinic Leabhar do Pháistí / Book Clinic 

Siopa Leabhar do Pháistí

Fingal Poetry Prize & An Fiach Dubh Winners Unveiled

Comhrá & Craic at the Gladstone Inn

Poetry Walk by the Sea 

Secure your tickets now on Eventbrite (booking fees apply except for free events),
or come early – there will be tickets available on the day.
Online booking ends 24 hours before the event starts.
💥 Go to our full programme here💥

Support by the Arts Council, Fingal County Council, Fingal Libraries, Foras na Gaeilge, RTÉ: Supporting The Arts, Leabhair Pháistí Éireann, Laureate na nÓg and Poetry Ireland is gratefully acknowledged.
The Fingal Poetry Prize is sponsored by DHL.
An Fiach Dubh, the Irish language poetry prize, is sponsored by Progressive Credit Union.
Raven illustrations, poster and brochure design: Matthew Kelly
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