World Poetry Day: Gallipoli by Michael J. Whelan

As today is World Poetry Day and to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the Dardanelles (Land) Campaign this time next month April 25th, I offer this poem, which I wrote after my visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula a few years ago. The poem was inspired by my visit and also by... Continue Reading →


Launch of Landscapes of War and Peace

The launch took place on Monday night, of 'Landscapes of War and Peace 1914-2014: War Poetry and Peacekeeping' by Michael J. Whelan. This exhibition, which is part of the Red Line Book Festival, includes an Irish soldier's poems and images inspired by the poets of the Great War and his own peacekeeping duties in modern day... Continue Reading →

Alice Furlong: Tallaght Poetess

Alice Furlong was born in 1875, and spent her childhood at Ferndale in Bohernabreena. Her father James was a well known sports editor with The Irish Independent newspaper and originally came from Co. Wexford. Alice had three sisters, Margaret, Kate and Mary and they were a family who greatly enjoyed both reading and writing poetry.... Continue Reading →

Tallaght Writer Named Second Place Winner of the Prestigious 2011 Patrick Kavanagh International Poetry Award

Local author and historian Michael Whelan MA has been awarded ‘Joint Second’ place in the prestigious Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for his collection of poems titled Against the Black Sky, We Listen: An Irish Peacekeepers Poems, inspired by his experiences while serving as a Peacekeeper in South Lebanon and Kosovo with the Irish Defence Forces. The... Continue Reading →

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