'Soinéid 19 agus 29 le Shakespeare: Aistriúcháin go Gaeilge' / Shakespeare's Sonnets 19 and 29: Translations to Irish'.

'Devouring Time, blunt thou the Lion's Paws' (19); agus

'When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes' (29). Comhar, Bealtaine 2024.

Mary Gaudin

Prof. Sarah Moore Fitzgerald features in Splonk with some flash fiction

Splonk is an online flash fiction journal set up in January 2019 by a group of flash writers and editors in Ireland. The word ‘splonk’ is the anglicised form of the Irish word ‘splanc’:

splancnoun fem. flash, spark. A splaincín (derived from splanc) is a spirited, fiery female.

Issue 1 of Splonk was published the 1st of May 2019.


                                                                             For Eileen Gray 

In some shining slice of time, not hers, not mine, we will be friends. I’ll enter slowly through the door-less frame at Roquebrune, and we will sit behind her concertina glass in chairs designed for happiness. On the balcony we’ll drink (by day, iced water, dry white wine by night). Often we will clamber down the rocky path to swim.
Sometimes the sea will have a pulse, hot and sharp like toothache. Breakfast will be served on steely tables that can be raised or lowered according to our changing moods. I will drive with her on fragrant coastal roads.

One evening, drunk, I’ll tell her I think Badovici is no good, and behind Le Corbusier’s suntanned back I’ll ask, ‘Who chooses for himself a name like that?’ We’ll tear his dark-wood cabin down, his colour-coded bunkhouses. Our laughter will be filled with liberty and vindication. We’ll coat our nails black with lacquer, dress like men, and I will scrub away his blaring lurid murals, sand down her walls, and paint them clean again.


If you wish to learn some more about Irish Architect Eileen Gray follow this link


Peig Sayers

RTÉ Brainstorm Analysis: Look beyond the photo on the cover of her autobiography and the Kerrywoman's story reflects issues that still concern us today with Dr. Sorcha de Brún

The importance of home is one of the most enduring aspects of Peig, and the teenage longing for her own place becomes increasingly important as she grows from girlhood into womanhood. This is fuelled not only by the harsh conditions of her second period as a domestic servant, but also by a desire to be free from oppression, which she describes as ‘daorsmacht’.

Forced by circumstances (including a jealous sister-in-law) into domestic servitude aged fourteen and leaving her beloved, ailing mother behind, homesickness and loneliness are palpable in Sayer's account of teenage employment. She describes what it like to be under the cosh, ‘fé bhais an chait’ and what it is to be powerless, ‘fé dhaoirse’. In a significant passage in the autobiography, she gives an account of what in current parlance we call sexist language, gender discrimination and gas lighting Read the full article


Watch: From TG4, Sinéad Ní Uallacháin is on a rebranding mission to give Peig the mother of all make overs

Watch: From RTÉ Archives, a dramatised account of Peig's separation from her childhood friend Cáit Jim broadcast in 1988

Joe Drennan

Following the tragic loss of a pioneering student & editor, the Joe Drennan Memorial Competition for Inclusive Journalism was organised with the aim to foster a deeper understanding of marginalised communities.

Read Here: University of Limerick unveils journalism competition in memory of Joe Drennan | Hotpress

The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2024.

Credit: Hotpress

Poblacht Na HEireann

Croíthe Radacacha

TG4: A documentary about 'the love that dares not speak its name' - found at the very heart of the Irish Revolution.

The hidden stories of eight female couples who were central in the fight that freed Ireland from the British Empire, including Kathleen Lynn, Eva Gore-Booth, and Helena Moloney.

Directed by Ciara Hyland & based on the historical research of Dr Mary McAuliffe and individual contributors (including O'Toole and Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, among others).

Watch: Croíthe Radacacha

The Grass Ceiling

an Post: Eimear Ryan’s writing has appeared in GrantaWinter PapersThe Dublin Review and The Stinging Fly. She is a co-founder of the literary journal Banshee and its publishing imprint, Banshee Press. Her first novel, Holding Her Breath, was shortlisted for the Newcomer of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards and for the John McGahern Prize. A native of Co. Tipperary, Eimear now lives in Cork city.  

The Waxed Lemon

June O'Sullivan (MA Creative Writing) has a piece of flash fiction, “Above and Below” in Issue 6 of The Waxed Lemon.

Another flash "The Boathouse" in Issue 3 of The The Storms Journal.

June also has short story "The Hurler" in Sonder Issue VIII, which features short stories, creative nonfiction and flash fiction.


Sunday Miscellany 2018 - 2013

The long-awaited latest book in the much loved Sunday Miscellany series from RTÉ Radio 1.

Sunday Miscellany — NEW ISLAND BOOKS

Comedian Jo Brand chooses My Father's House

Jo says: It’s a novel based on a true story. It’s about an Irish priest in the Vatican during the Second World War, who set up escape routes for prisoners of the Nazis because there’s a specific camp just outside Rome. And he calls his group The Choir and they meet under the auspices of being a choir. And there are a lot of very disparate characters – there’s a countess, and there's also a guy that runs a newspaper stand, and they all have a place.

And, being an Irish writer, the language is really, really special. A bit Joyce-ian but not full-on, full-blown Joyce that makes you go ‘Argh, give me a drink!’. Right up until the end, it is frightening and some of it is hard to read, but it's got wonderful characters and it’s very sensitive... and it's very funny as well.

BBC Arts - BBC Arts - Stories for unsettling times, chosen by Anita Rani, Jo Brand, Richard Armitage and Rob Delaney

From “A Room of One’s Own” to “Down and Out in Paris and London” – how have writers in the first decades of the twentieth century thought about ideas of home, exile and poverty.

Arts & Ideas - New Thinking: Modernism, exile and homelessness - BBC Sounds

A celebration of the publication in 1820 of Melmoth the Wanderer by the Dublin writer Charles Robert Maturin.

Maturin lived close to Marsh’s Library and was a regular visitor to the building. This exhibition shows that Maturin used a familiarity with 16th- and 17th-century printed material to condemn religious hypocrisy, and to draw a sharp distinction between the light of culture and the darkness of fanaticism.

‘Ragged, Livid & On Fire’ has been curated by Dr Christina Morin of the University of Limerick and Dr Jason McElligott of Marsh’s Library.

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Espresso Shot of Thought Series, by UL Masters in Creative Writing Students

Dr. Emily Cullen, The Universities UL50 Poet in Residence hosts the Espresso Shots of Thought series. 

Emily reminds us it was British-Indian Poet Daljit Nagra who coined the phrase before introducing our MA writer Michelle Ivy Alwedo who shared her views on the poetic device alliteration. 


Dr. Emily Cullen shares poetry film of “I Am Sionann” for Poetry Day Ireland 2024

“I Am Sionann” is a poetry film by UL's Writer in Residence Emily Cullen, & Luke Morgan featuring Johanne Webb & enabled by an Agility Award from Arts Council & Poetry Day Ireland.

Poetry Ireland (Éigse Éireann) connects poetry and people. They are committed to achieving excellence in the reading, writing and performance of poetry throughout the island of Ireland.

Professor Eoin Devereux showcased a new Video Poem at the International Working Class Fest on Saturday, 23 March.  The event was broadcast in Australia, the USA and the UK.  

In a prelude,  Eoin spoke about the growing failure of Sociology and Social Science to engage with working class experiences and how his focus has shifted to using more creative forms such as poetry and music to articulate the experiences associated with Class Stigma.

His talk was followed by a Video Poem of "Penny Boy" - originally published in 2022 as part of his curated broadsheet April Is The Cruellest Month - the Video Poem is available on You Tube

Why Irish field names & local place-names need to be recorded by Aengus Ó Fionnagáin

From Westmeath County Council, UL's Dr Aengus Ó Fionnagáin discusses the Westmeath Field Names Project

RTE Brainstorm: these names are real signifiers of our diverse native landscape and are shaped by local knowledge and past generations.

The project is now in its seventh year, almost 3,000 names have been collected and three reports have been published, with another in preparation. They hope to collect more names in the coming year so contact if you want to get involved.


International Womens Day with Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro

Wonderful listening to the academic journey of our very own Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro on International Womens Day. 

Sandrine is a fourth year English Ph.D student at the School of English, Irish, & Communication. 

Talking about a significant moment in life that shaped her perspective, Sandrine shares her experience of an undergraduate African Literature class with Dr. Yianna Liatos, where she felt "It was the first time I saw Black & African as a Superpower & I understood my place as a Scholar".

Sandrine would go on to pursue her MA & her PhD with us & we are proud to be part of her journey. 

Thanks to UL Global for sharing

08 March 2024

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