Founding Partners

Founding Partners are passionate supporters of the arts who are playing a key role in establishing Poetry Ireland’s vision for an all-island institution dedicated to poetry in all its forms.

“Playwrights have the Abbey Theatre, musicians have the National Concert Hall, painters have the National Gallery, so why shouldn’t poetry have its home, its temple if you like. Somewhere which says we in Ireland think poetry is very important.”

Olivia O'Leary, journalist

In September 2016 Poetry Ireland moved into its beautiful new home at No. 11 Parnell Square in the heart of Dublin City. Poetry Ireland and the Irish Heritage Trust are now embarked on ambitious and innovative plans for the redevelopment of this expansive Georgian townhouse to house the Poetry Ireland Centre. When complete, this will include the Seamus Heaney Working Poetry Library, an elegant performance space, workshop spaces and a café. Playing a vital role in the contribution to the wider cultural regeneration of Parnell Square, the Poetry Ireland Centre will be a shared heritage space that can be enjoyed by the public, for generations to come. 

With a clear implementation strategy for this landmark project overseen by Poetry Ireland and the Irish Heritage Trust, donors and supporters are assured of an investment which will deliver significant benefit for artists, visitors, students, the local community and wider public.

Founding Partners will play a significant role in the refurbishment and development of the centre by contributing to the Poetry Ireland Centre Capital Fund. Founding Partners may donate at the the following levels: 

Pinnacle Cornerstone Keystone Milestone
>€200,000 >€100,000 >€50,000  >€10,000

Special recognition opportunities for Founding Partners include:

  • Name recognition permanently linking you to key spaces including the elegant performance space and the Seamus Heaney Working Poetry Library.
  • A permanent association with an historic, cultural and civic destination of international importance.
  • Free hire of spaces within 11 Parnell Square for meetings and events.
  • Invitation to the annual Poetry Ireland Partners’ dinner.
  • Founding Partners will also be invited to support key artistic programmes in the future.

We'd love to show you around the space and to discuss our plans in more detail. If you'd like to get in touch, please contact Maureen Kennelly, Director on +353 1 678 9815 or director@poetryireland.ie.