March 2012 Poetry Readings

Temple Gate Hotel - March 3rd

Brian Mooney launched his latest collection, Image and Likeness as part of the Ennis Bookclub Festival.


Glór - March 10th

The monthly reading for March was brought forward by a week due to St. Patrick's Day falling on the third Saturday. There was a large crowd of between 30 and 40 people present for the four guest poets representing The Limerick Writers' Centre.
Live music was performed by Mary O'Sullivan on Melodeon, and Fred Johnston on guitar, who played a medley of interesting tunes including a Breton piece. Mary sang in Irish also.

The four guest poets were John Pinschmidt, Fiona Clarke Echlin, Deirdre Grimes, and Joe Healy.

John Pinschmidt

John Pinschmidt is a retired American high school English teacher, living in Herbertstown, Co. Limerick with his Irish wife. He was first runner up in Limerick's 2009 Cuisle International Poetry Slam, and has had poems published in the Revival Literary Journal, Numbers 14 through 21. He is one of six poets in Revival's poetry anthology Sextet published in December 2010. His poems are also in thefirstcut numbers 2 through 5, the Open Mouse site of Poetry Scotland, Boyne Berries 10, Stony Thursday Book 10, Poetic Humour (Whitehouse Bar Poets) and in The Clare Champion. He is part of the Poetry Plus Writers' Group sponsored by the Limerick Writers' Centre.

Fiona Clarke Echlin

Born in London, Fiona Clark Echlin has lived and worked in London, New York, Istanbul and finally Limerick. As well as being a poet, Fiona Clark Echlin is an award-winning playwright and story teller.

Fiona recently published her first poetry collection, From the Rib (Revival Press 2011), which consists entirely of sonnets and villanelles. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.

Deirdre Grimes

Deirdre Grimes hods a degree in fine art, Sculpture. She has been writing ofr 15 years and has been published in several magazines including Crannóg and Revival.

Joe Healy

Joe Healy is a resident of West Limerick and worked for 9 years in County Clare. He has been published by Revival Press, Bare Hands and The Clare Champion.


As is the custom the open-mic reading took place afterwards with the following readers in order:

  • Mike Douse
  • Brigid Wallace
  • Martin Guilfoyle
  • Joe Cronin
  • Peter Kay
  • Dermot MacCarthy
  • Evelyn Casey
  • Dominic Lysaght
  • Teri Murray
  • Jinny Thomas
  • Martin Vernon
  • Sheila FitzPatrick
  • Patrick Stack, who also acted as MC
  • Clare Sawtell
  • Arthur Watson
  • Deborah Ryan

O'Grady's, Gort - March 31st

Clare Three-Leggèd Stool Poets read in O'Grady's, Gort at 1pm on Saturday March 31st as part of The Forge Literature Festival 2012. Readers will be announced in the near future.