Irish Poetry Reading Archive

The Irish Poetry Reading Archive, part of the UCD Special Collections, has released a number of readings by Catherine Phil MacCarthy of her poems. These readings are now available on the Archive’s YouTube channel. Click on the links below to access Phil reading the following poems:


Upcoming events: April 2021

Catherine Phil MacCarthy will be reading at Climate Change anthology event/South Dublin Libraries Poetry Day Ireland festival.

Details to be announced.

Catherine Phil MacCarthy on RTE’s Poetry Programme

Catherine Phil MacCarthy and fellow poet, Mary O’Donnell, were guests on Olivia O’Leary’s Poetry Programme on RTE Radio 1 on Sunday, 1 December 2019. You can hear a recording of their conversation here (the conversation with Catherine begins around the 0.22 minute mark):

Catherine Phil MacCarthy on RTE Radio 1’s Poetry Programme (1 December 2019)

Launch of “Daughters of the House”

On May 14, 2019, Dedalus Press in association with Poetry Ireland presented a reading to celebrate the publication of two new poetry titles, Daughters of the House by Catherine Phil MacCarthy, and The End of the World by Patrick Deeley. Catherine’s book was launched by Sheila Pratschke, former Director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and Chairperson of the Arts Council.

Recent readings

2019 readings

Since the publication of Daughters of the House, Catherine Phil MacCarthy has participated in several readings:

  • Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire (September);
  • Dublin Festival of History (October) who recorded the poems along with a historian giving context (link);
  • Dublin Books Festival (November).

Reading at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

On April 11, 2014, Catherine Phil MacCarthy read from her work at the John Roach Center Auditorium, University of St Thomas, St Paul.‎

The image below is a poster published by the University of St. Thomas Centre for Irish Studies and the Friends of St. Paul Public Library to publicise the reading and also Catherine’s discussion with Matt Rathmussen (see below).

Catherine Phil MacCarthy poster for reading at St. Thomas University, Minnesota

Click the image for a larger version of the poster.

Launch of “The Invisible Threshold”

From left to right: Pat Boran, Catherine Phil MacCarthy and Mark Roper

The launch of Catherine Phil MacCarthy’s fourth collection of poems, The Invisible Threshold, took place in the Irish Writers Centre, Dublin 1, on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012.

Dedalus Press, the publisher of The Invisible Threshold, also were launching two other poetry collections, A Gather of Shadow by Mark Roper and The Next Life by Pat Boran. The latter in addition to his work as a poet and broadcaster also runs Dedalus Press. All three books were introduced by Joseph Woods, poet and Director of Poetry Ireland.

Pictured here are, from left to right, Pat Boran, Catherine Phil MacCarthy and Mark Roper at the Irish Writers Centre.

Past readings

Literary evening in Limerick Writers’ Centre

Dominic Taylor and Limerick Writers’ Centre kicked off a new series of readings at Limerick City Library, The Granary, Michael Street, on February 22, 2018.

Limerick Writers' Cenre literary event, 22 February 2018