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Aine MacAodha ~ Poetry and Lens

Aine MacAodha

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Omagh, North Ireland, Ireland
Writer/poet,avid photographer with a great interest in Celtic Myths, Mysticism, crystal healing, orbs in photography, Chemtrails, the sky above and the beauty in the Irish landscape . I live in Omagh North of Ireland where the Sperrin Mountains are my inspiration in any season. I have three poetry books published titled 'Where the Three Rivers Meet' and 'Guth An Anam ~Voice of The Soul and my latest Published by Lapwing Press Belfast, 'Landscape of self'~ You can find my links at top of my blog.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

My poem in Enniscorthy Echo

Scalderverse •

Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford is currently celebrating the 1500th anniversary of its foundation in 510AD. As part of the anniversary celebrations, local newspaper the Enniscorthy Echo will feature a weekly poetry column, entitled Scalderverse.

I was delighted that my poem 'Heirlooms' has been picked for publication in the Enniscorthy Echo now celebrating it's 1500th anniversary.
My mother now deceased was Mary Sullivan and lived in a small row of houses at Vinegar Hill before moving to Wexford town and then North.  At a young age I read through her old Irish ballad books that she had collected; many began as poems which started stirring poetry in myself. This poem was inspired by a Willow patterned plate she recieved  from her mother I now have it and it sits pride of place, so it thrilled me no end to have this published in her home town newspaper.


If willow patterned plates could talk

the stories they would hold

given from mother to mother

words ingrained on the soul.

It would carry tears of an uprising

from the home at Vinegar Hill

‘Basket women’ some called them

mopping their men’s blood spill.

They too became fighting women

took all sorts to the men in the fields

hidden in wicker baskets

on the bars of their bicycle wheels.

It sits with friends in the hallway

the pattern now faded to grey

almost a century come Easter

with a life time of tales to convey.


Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Author of the Month


With thank to the writers and especially Margie Bernard, Author of 'Daughter of Derry' who is the Editor and facilitator at Derry Playhouse Writers group for selecting me for writer of the Month.

It was at the Playhouse Theatre back in 2000 that the group was officially formed as a 'writers group' and has recently celebrated it's tenth year and is still going strong. It was a real eye opener (in a good way!) for a country girl like myself but one I will  treasure as this was the beginning of my journey into serious writing, honing the craft and meeting other writers each with their own voice and gift.

  The Playhouse offered a variety of Creative Writing Masterclasses with theatre director David Gothard and Playwright Dave Duggan,  'Dance Lexy Dance' to name just a couple and we also completed  a Eurocats community Arts certificate with the Playhouse and Omagh's plain speaking community group.

The Derry Playhouse Writers meet from 1-4pm every wednesday and have done from it's beginning, a great  space to get the creative juices flowing.

 November 2009, the  Playhouse Theatre celebrated its official re-opening after an extensive renovation. http://www.derryplayhouse.co.uk/

Please  click on the links and have a look around at the writers site and find out about the other writers and their works; you won't be disappointed,

Aine x