Kildare parish poetry evening to debut on Culture Night

Kildare parish poetry evening to debut on Culture Night

A Kildare parish will join Ireland’s 14th Culture Night this year for the first time with an evening of poetry organised by their parish pastoral council.

‘Poetry to Make You Think’ will feature poems from some well-known poets including Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, Mary Oliver, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Warsaw Shire, Emily Dickinson and Drew Dillinger. Taking place on September 20 and hosted in Newbridge parish’s newly refurbished parish centre on Station Road, poems will be read by several people including Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Denis Nulty and Fr Paul Dempsey PP.

Brenda Drumm, Chairperson of Newbridge Parish Pastoral Council, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating Culture Night for the first time this year. Faith and culture go hand in hand and this annual nationwide night of culture offers a perfect opportunity to the parish to be involved and to share poems about faith and life.

“We have a great selection of poets and poetry from the past and the present addressing issues such as love and loss, climate justice, peace in our world and the plight of migrants and refugees.

The parish poetry event begins at 7.30pm and finishes at 9pm.

Local composer Padraig Meredith will provide a musical interlude with some of his own compositions.