The nineteenth Age & Opportunity Bealtaine Festival takes place this month. This festival celebrates creativity as we age and many events are taking place in county Meath and all over the country in arts centres, theatres, libraries, galleries, community centres, local halls, care settings and in the main cultural institutions.
The theme for this year is And catch the heart off guard from the late Seamus Heaney’s poem, Postscript, about the Flaggy Shore in Clare. Just as Heaney’s car in the poem is surprised by big soft buffetings, it is hoped that Bealtaine 2014 will provide some surprises for many people.
To celebrate Bealtaine, Boyne Writers Group and Meath Writers Circle have organized a poetry reading in the Old Rectory, Loman Street, Trim on Thursday 22 May at 7pm.
Everyone is welcome to this Poetry in the Parlour Bealtaine event. You are welcome to read favourite poems or poems of your own. Indeed if you just want to listen and enjoy you will also be most welcome.
The Old Rectory, pictured above, was built in 1751 and though it has been adapted and enlarged on several occasions during the last 250 years, it is essentially the same now as when first built.
Picture below: A plaque was recently unveiled on the building in memory of Dean Richard Butler who, in addition to being the Dean of the Cathedral, was an historian, teacher, writer, humanitarian and lover of Trim town. The newly ordained Richard Butler arrived in Trim in 1819 and remained in Trim until his death in 1862.
We are very grateful to Martina Quinn, current occupant of Dean Richard Butler’s home, for inviting us to hold the reading in the house.