Saturday, March 18, 2006

Launch Of Greg Delanty's Collected Poems at White House

Dr. Eugene O Brien who launched the book.

Mayor Diarmuid Scully speaking at the White House

Limerick superior in poetry and rugby.

Mayor Diarmuid Scully speaking at the White House Poetry Revival last Wednesday on the occasion of the launch of Cork poet Greg Delanty’s collected poems,
jokingly observed that rugby and poetry were now the two acknowledged areas of superiority that Limerick enjoyed over Cork.

Praising the efforts of White House Poetry Revival organisers Barney Sheehan and Dominic Taylor for their tireless work in the promotion of poetry in Limerick he said that up to now that the city has merely been acknowledging these efforts but that he hoped to do something more in the future.

Welcoming Greg Delanty to Limerick and the White House he said that when you see Cork people coming to Limerick to launch books you know that there is something special happening.

Referring to his campaign to reclaim the limerick verse form for Limerick he said that the origin of the idea came about as a result of the German TV crew who visited Limerick last year to make a documentary on the origin of the limerick and based themselves at the White House. He hoped to announce the winner of his recent competition for limericks to adorn every street plaque in the city next month.

Mayor Scully is the first Mayor to attend a poetry event at the White House, in an official capacity, since the late Steve Coughlan famously announced when there in the 60’s that ‘he would make sure Limerick had culture even if he had to take the money out of the rates’.

Greg Delanty’s book ‘Collected Poems 1986 – 2006’ was officially launched by Dr. Eugene O Brien of Mary Immaculate College who said that Delanty was a poet of immense stature and even though the book was a collected work he expected much more from him in the future. He further added that the poems in the last couple of books in the collection were among the finest work he had ever read.

The launch was attended by a host of local poets and writers along with Kerry poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Kilkenny born poet Ciaran O Driscoll.