Irish Examiner poems

A reading by a selection of contributing poets.


Irish Examiner

Admission: FREE with purchase of a beverage.
11 February, 2015 at 4pm, Farmgate Café


The Farmgate Café has sponsored the appearance of a poem each week in the Irish Examiner for the past two years. To celebrate its 2nd birthday, come to a gathering of song, poetry, food and drink in the ancient Irish tradition. Selected contributors to the Examiner Poem column will share their work alternated by songsmith Fintan Lucy performing some of his finest compositions. Buy a beverage and sample the song and poetry. Limited seating available on a first come basis.

The Farmgate Café has long been a welcome place for artists and writers in Cork. Proprietor Kay Harte has the walls of her eatery decorated with original artworks, photographs and Cork’s famous “Great Wall of Poetry” a wonderful collection of framed prints based on handwritten poems which forms a distinctive and unique poetic installation encased in a linear display cabinet suspended along the inside wall of the dining room over punters and patrons.


“ unexpected treasure: the Farmgate Cafe
in the English Market in Cork... The room
has queues at the door and the tables are full
of families and couples who have come to shop
and to eat and to gossip. It’s truly soft and
generous, honest and delicious. A restaurant
rooted in good things and fine tastes, all served
with pleasure and good nature.....And if
all that wasn’t enough, it is garlanded with
handwritten poems from Irish writers — they
call it the Great Wall of Cork. I was sitting
beneath Seamus Heaney.”
– A.A. Gill in The Sunday Times


The 'Tuesday Poem' series in the Irish Examiner appears in print as well as their arts section online.








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