Ó Bhéal’s First Anniversary
and the launch of Five Words

14 April 2008

The guest poets this Anniversary week were poets published in Ó Bhéal’s first publication, ‘Five Words’. Contributors to the collection read to a full house, and after the usual open-mic session the celebrations continued … a few comments from the evening can be heard here.

Videos of the Launch of Five Words

Five Word McNamara Slam – 14th April

Sinéad Ryan, Gerry McNamara, Tommy Livingston, Alice, George Harding, Alan Coakley, Cliff Wedgbury, Lucy, Annie Power.

Readings from Five Words Vol I

Jennifer Matthews


Sinéad Ryan


Anne-Marie Grandfield

Weeping Willow

Alan Coakley reading Annie Power’s poem

Called Summer

Finbarr O’Mahony


Patricia Walsh

Below Water

Patricia Walsh

Being an Artist

Séamus Harrington


Daw Harding

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Annie Power reading Alan Coakley’s poem


Edward O’Dwyer

Epitaph to a Night

Videos from the open-mic

Tommy Livingston


Earth Spirits’ Poem

Joe Sweeney

(extract from) A New Slant

Edward O’Dwyer

Couple Downstairs

Teri Murray

The Street of Booksellers

Seline McCarney

A Tour of Ireland

Patricia Walsh

The Truth Hurts Less

Billy Ramsell


Paddy Doyle

For My Grandmother

Séamus Harrington

Free Downloads

Sinéad Ryan

The Stool

Santa Claus has a Pet Sheep

Ronan Deevey

When you walked away from me

Daw Harding

The Music of the Stars

Alan Coakley

The Rose (Anne-Marie Grandfield’s poem)

A Modest Position

Tom Jordan


Alan Titley

An t-iontas (The Wonder)

Aaron Lewis quotes Marianne Williamson

‘Our Deepest Fear is that We Are Powerful Beyond Measure’