Ó Iochtar Mara with Louis de Paor, Doireann Ní Ghriofa, Ceara Conway and Caoimhin Ó Raghaille
The connection between city and sea has inspired artists for generations. For Ó Íochtar Mara, we borrow our title from a line in Caitlin Maude's love poem Aimhreadh
“I speak to you every night from ocean's floor”. In a city by the sea, we bring together four very distinctive artists – poets Louis de Paor and Doireann Ní Ghríofa, performance artist and singer Ceara Conway and musician Caoimhin Ó Raghaille. Each interprets the many ways in which we are shaped and influenced by the natural world all around us, in particular by the sea, our constant companion, perched aswe are on the edge of the Irish Sea.
Tá an cónasc idir an chathair agus an mhuir ag spreagadh ealaíontóirí leis na cianta. Don léiriú ‘Ó Íochtar Mara’ glacaimid ár dteideal ó líne i ndán gráde chuid Chaitlín Maude – Aimhréidh
“I speak to you each night from ocean's floor”
I gcathair cois farraige tugaimid le chéile ceathrar ealaíontóir ar leith – na filí Louis de Paor agus Doireann Ní Ghríofa, an taibhealaíontóir agus an tamhránaí Ceara Conway agus an ceoltóir Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Baineann gach aon duine acu cila as na bealaí sin ina mhúnlaítear sinn agus ar an mbealach go dtéann an domhain nádúrtha i gcion orainn, go háirithe toisc an fharraige a bheith mar chompánach buansheasmhach againn, neadaithemar atáimid ar fhiacail Mara Éireann.
Louis de Paor is one of the most celebrated poets of the Irish language. A former editor of the acclaimed Irish language journal Innti (founded by Michael Davitt, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Liam Ó Muirthile and Gabriel Rosenstock), he is now the Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. De Paor has worked alongside many of the giants of literature in the Irish language such as Sean Ó Tuama with whom he edited a twentieth century anthology of poetry in Irish.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa is a bilingual writer whose poems have appeared in Poetry, The Irish Times, Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Irish Examiner and elsewhere. Paula Meehan (then Ireland Professor of Poetry) awarded Doireann the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014-2015. She has also been awarded The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, The Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize, and The Wigtown Award for Gaelic Poetry in translation (national poetry prize of Scotland). The Arts Council of Ireland have awarded her three bursaries in literature, and three of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (USA). In 2016, she was selected as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish poets. She is active in cross-disciplinary collaborations, active projects include fusions of poetry with film, dance and contemporary art, and always open to engaging with different disciplines.
Ceara Conway is an Irish artist and singer working in performance, song and traditional folk practices. She has a track record in producing innovative experiential performance works that utilise elements such as live singing, appropriated texts, testimonies and visual art to explore social and cultural experiences of power and loss in response to issues such as cultural colonialism, death, exile and migration. She is a recipient of multiple awards and Bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland, Ealaíon na Gaeltacht, Galway and Limerick City/County Councils. In 2013 she received a Paul Brady scholarship from the Irish World Academy of Music at UL. She has performed with the Dave Flynns Irish Memory Orchestra, the National Gallery of Ireland and several music festivals in Ireland.
Born in Dublin in 1979, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh has firmly established himself as a major figure in Irish traditional music. His 2003 album 'Kitty Lie Over' with Mick O'Brien earned him worldwide recognition. His 2007 release 'Where the One-Eyed Man is King' led to his being commissioned to write music for film and theatre, including a month-long run at the famous Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He has been the subject of numerous television programmes, including a documentary where he teaches Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons to play the fiddle. Caoimhín also has a healthy following outside of traditional music, having performed alongside the likes of Sam Amidon, Amiina, Iarla Ó Lionáird, the Afro Celt Sound System, The Waterboys and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub).