Mark My Words – Poetry and Art at Mayo Day

Posted in Connect on April 29, 2019.


A partnership between, Mayo Arts Service, Mayo Day, Mid-West Radio and Poetry Ireland’s Poetry Day Ireland and Writer in Residency programme.

During March and April, Mayo Arts Service and Mayo Day in partnership with Poetry Ireland provided a poetry and art workshop to four primary schools in the Castlebar Municipal District, Co. Mayo. Over a four-hour workshop, the participating primary schools worked with Mayo poet, Terry Mc Donagh and Mayo Artsquad Artist, Rónán Quigley.  During the workshop, the students wrote their own poetry and created and designed large-scale cards of their poetry and art work. Their completed work is on display in the National Museum of Country Life – Turlough on May 4th as part of Mayo Day.  Midwest Radio interviewed the keys participants involved in Mark My Words on The Tommy Marren shown on Poetry Day Ireland which took place on May 2nd.

Participating schools are part of the Arts Council’s Creative Schools initiative, St. Patrick’s De La Salles B.N.S Castlebar, St Peter’s National School Snugboro, Castlebar Educate Together N.S and St. Anthony’s N.S Castlebar.

Terry McDonagh: poet and dramatist, taught creative writing at Hamburg University and was Drama Director at the International School Hamburg. He’s published ten poetry collections as well as letters, drama, prose and poetry for young people.

Rónán Quigley:  is a Castlebar born artist and maker. He uses a variety of mediums to express his creativity from painting, printmaking and sculpture. Rónán loves to work as a workshop facilitator and with theatre companies. He currently works with Mayo Art Squad as a community arts worker.

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