Mark My Words – Poetry and Art.

Posted in Connect on March 25, 2019.


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

Mayo Arts Service and Mayo Day in partnership with Poetry Ireland are providing a poetry and art workshop to four primary schools in the Castlebar Municipal District. Over a four-hour workshop, the participating primary schools will work with Mayo poet Terry Mc Donagh and Mayo Artsquad Artist, Rónán Quigley.  During the workshop, the students will write and make a piece in response to the writing and art workshop.  Their completed work will be on display in the National Museum of Country Life – Turlough on May 4th as part of Mayo Day.

  Poet Terry Mc Donagh at St. Peters NS, Snugboro.

Three out of four primary schools in the Castlebar Municipal District have already completed their workshops.  Mark My Words, started with St. Peters National School, Snugboro, where Mr O’Shaughnessy’s 4th class, were busy being creative.  The next students to avail of the workshops were Brenda Murphy’s 1st class from Castlebar Educate Together work with Terry and Rónán.  Foruth class from St. Patrick’s De La Salles B.N.S have just had their turn and the workshops will finish up with St. Anthony’s National School in April.  Participating schools are part of the Arts Council’s Creative Schools initiative.

Midwest Radio will interview the keys participants involved in Mark My Words on The Tommy Marren shown on Poetry Day Ireland which takes place May 2nd.

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.

  Group Shot. Educate Together – Mark My Words Poetry and Art Project

Key Dates:

March 5: St Peter’s NS, Snugboro

March 21: Castlebar Educate Together.

March 28 : St. Patrick’s De La Salles B.N.S

April 10: St Anthony’s N.S

May 2 : Radio interview on Tommy Marren’s show on Mid West Radio

May 4 : Completed work by schools on display as part of Mayo Day in the National Museum of Country Life – Turlough.

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