Last night we were thrilled to launch A Poetic Response to Threading the Táin a booklet of commissioned poetry, each one inspired by a panel from the 5 piece stitch tapestry Threading the Táin.
The stitch tapestry was produced by An Táin Arts Centre in association with Creative Spark and funded through Creative Ireland and depicts scenes from the great epic Táin Bó Cuailgne. A Poetic response to Threading the Táin consists of 5 poems written by poets Christa De Brún, Michael Farry, Mary Melvin Geoghan, Jackie Gorman and John Noonan.
The launch took place on the 26th January at the Toradh 2 Gallery in Kells and was opened by Meath Heritage Office Loreto Guinan. The event was organised by Geradette Buckley and the Meath County Council Arts Office in celebration of the Meath team behind ‘Threading the Táin’. There was a great turnout including Mary Claire Cowley representing An Táin Arts Centre, Sarah Daly representing Creative Spark, Lead Artist Sophie Coyle, Meath Artist Ina Olohan, Westmeath Artist Claire Delabre, the Caohaoirleach of Meath County Council, Cllr. Nick Killian, Poets Michael Farry, Mary Melvin Geoghan, Jackie Gorman and John Noonan (Pictured above) and a number of the volunteers who stitched the tapestries along with friends and family.
‘Threading the Táin’ tapestries will be on display in the Toradh 2 gallery in Kells until the 27th of February. They will then we split up and each tapestry returned to its respective County, namely Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Meath and Louth where they will go on semi-permanent display.