Coole Park Poetry Series 2021 Exhibition

A free exhibition in The Mick Lally Theatre of the 2021 edition of the Coole Park Poetry Series, celebrating some of the greatest Irish poets of the past century.

Wed 14 - Sun 18 & Wed 21 - Sun 25 July
11am - 7pm

In partnership with the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, these ten new short films, performed by a cast of 11 actors, have been curated by Colm Tóibín and are presented in order of the poets’ birth dates.

Visitor Information

The Mick Lally Theatre has been adapted to a one-way system so that the poetry films can be viewed safely in a controlled gallery space in line with current government guidelines.

Admission to the exhibition is free but ticketed. For your convenience and for the purposes of contact tracing, we would encourage you to book your free ticket before arriving at the theatre. Free tickets are also available on the door.

Coole Park Poetry Series 2021

Tommy Tiernan reads ‘The Echo at Coole’ by Austin Clarke (b. 1896)

Aaron Monaghan reads ‘The Hospital’ by Patrick Kavanagh (b. 1904)

Seán McGinley reads ‘Another September’ by Thomas Kinsella (b. 1928)

Marty Rea reads an excerpt from ‘Station Island’ by Seamus Heaney (b. 1939)

Brian Doherty reads ‘A Disused Shed in County Wexford’ by Derek Mahon (b. 1941)

Venetia Bowe reads ‘The Architectural Metaphor’ by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (b. 1942)

Jade Jordan reads ‘The Lost Art of Letter Writing’ by Eavan Boland (b. 1944)

Andrew Bennett and Rory Nolan read ‘Tullynoe: Tête-à-Tête in the Parish’s Priest’s Parlour’ by Paul Durcan (b. 1944)

Marie Mullen reads ‘Caitlín’ by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (b. 1952)

Clare Dunne reads ‘This is not a confessional poem’ by Paula Meehan (b. 1955)

The films are also available to view online here.

As with the first Coole Park poetry series in 2020, these ten new poetry films were shot by Matthew Thompson on location at Coole Park in County Galway, the home of Lady Gregory.

With thanks to our friends at the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Coole Park Nature Reserve.



  • Andrew Bennett
  • Venetia Bowe
  • Brian Doherty
  • Clare Dunne
  • Jade Jordan
  • Seán McGinley
  • Aaron Monaghan
  • Marie Mullen
  • Rory Nolan
  • Marty Rea
  • Tommy Tiernan


  • Films by Matthew Thompson
  • Curated by Colm Tóibín
  • Artistic Director Garry Hynes
  • Music by Gerry Horan