Poetry Day, 2nd May, Church Island, Lough Currane, Waterville.

This year’s Poetry Gathering will be launched at a unique venue on National Poetry Day.

Poetry, Psalms, Sanctity, Salmon.

Poetry and medieval music on a monastic island!

That’s what’s on offer in South Kerry on National Poetry Day on Thursday, 2ndMay. Archaeologist and musician Billy MagFhloinn has crafted a replica of a medieval fidula (fiddle) which – uniquely in Ireland – is shown in a stone carving on Inis Uasal, or Church Island,a monastic settlement on Lough Currane in Waterville. The instrument will be played beside the carving in the remains of a 12thcentury church by Seán Garvey, who will also sing some medieval verses in his own inimitable style.

Poets Paddy Bushe and Kathleen O’Shea, whose family own the island, will read poems featuring, among other things, saints and salmon.

There will also be an open mic session, so bring your poem!

The boat-trip will cost €5. Bring a packed lunch and rain gear. Embarkation at 12pm.

If the weather is not favourable, the readings will take place in St Michael’s Church of Ireland in Waterville at 2.00pm.

Booking and enquiries at 087 2931463.