Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill bestows the Parnell Stick on Ailbhe Ni Ghearbhuigh

22nd May 2017

At 4pm on Saturday 20 May at Poetry Ireland, as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh's reading was prefaced by the presentation of the "Parnell Stick" . This stick, cut by Charles Stewart Parnell in Avondale Wood in 1889 or 1890 and fitted with a ferrule by a local blacksmith came into the possession of Brindsley MacNamara who in turn gave it to the poet W.R. Rodgers. In turn, he passed it to Conor Cruise O'Brien, who presented it to Seamus Heaney. 

In 1998 Seamus Heaney presented it to Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill who this afternoon bestowed it on Ailbhe Ni Ghearbhuigh. Also in attendance at today's event was Gallery Press publisher Peter Fallon and other Gallery poets, Michelle O'Sullivan and Tom French, who read their translations published in Ailbhe Ni Ghearbhuigh's new collection, The Coast Road.