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:


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.

Upcoming events


Listeners asked guest poets, Catherine Phil MacCarthy and Maeve O’Sullivan, to read at their February 2018 gathering at the Eden, Grange Road, Rathfarnham.

The attendees were invited to reflect on:

‘You create out of what you lack, not out of what you have’ — John Fowles.

‘The real life is the life we do not lead’ i.e. The one lived in pure imagination. Declan Kiberd’s Inventing Ireland.

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 22nd.

Limerick Writers' Cenre literary event, 22 February 2018

Autumn Course in Creative Writing: Institute of Art Design Technology, Dun Laoghaire

Director: Catherine Phil MacCarthy

Starts: October 3, 2017 (20 weeks)

Tuesdays: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

This workshop offers each individual a key to understand the writer in themselves. The classes will offer strategies and space for writing in a warm and constructive environment. During the course participants will have the opportunity to explore different forms of writing (prose, poetry and script writing) but will be able to focus on the genre that most interests them by working on a project in a chosen style.

For more details, see:

Recent workshops

Creative Writing

Catherine Phil MacCarthy was the director of the IADT Summer Courses in Creative Writing held in the mornings, 10.00 a.m. to 13.30 p.m., between July 10–14, 2017.

Recent events

Launch of Metamorphic

A new anthology, Metamorphic, in which modern day poets including Catherine Phil MacCarthy respond to the most famous work of the Roman poet Ovid, Metamorphoses, was launched on November 29, 2017, in Poetry Ireland. The publication was edited by Nessa O’Mahoney and Paul Munden and is published by Recent Work Press, in association with International Poetry Studies Institute at the University of Canberra. The Italian Cultural Institute kindly sponsored the wine reception.

Click the link for more information: Link.

Soundings for Simon

An Evening of Poetry and Nostalgia to raise funding for Dublin Simon Community was held in The Yellow House, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, on Monday, 20th November, 2017.

Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Eleanor Hooker, Celia de Fréine, Jack Harte, Padraig J Daly and many other special guests read poetry from their school days and responded from their own work.

A collection was taken for Dublin Simon Community at this event; the poets involved were grateful for the support received.

Limerick Launch of fermata: Writings inspired by Music

Catherine was a participant at the Limerick Launch of fermata: Writings inspired by Music; edited by poet, Eva Bourke, and writer/broadcaster, Vincent Woods, and published by Artisan House

It took place on Wednesday, 19th October, 2016, at The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick.

‘Vincent Woods and Eva Bourke in this collection of writings have pitched music into the heart of things.’ — Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin in his foreword to fermata.

To order a copy of fermata: Writings inspired by Music, visit

The invitation to the Dublin and the Limerick launches can be viewed here.

Recent readings

Launch of Migrant Shores

Catherine Phil MacCarthy along with fellow contributors read excerpts of her work at the launch of Migrant Shores — Irish, Moroccan and Galician Poetry, edited by Manuela Palacios, Salmon Poetry, 2017.

The readings took place in Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2, on October 19, 2017.

For further details of the book, follow this link (web site opens in a new window): Migrant Shores publication.

Migrant Shores, Salmon Press publication with Irish, Moroccan and Galician Poetry

Dream of a City

December 5 marked the launch of Dream of a City, an Anthology of Contemporary Poetry from Limerick City of Culture 2014, with special guest, Ireland Professor of Poetry, Paula Meehan, at the Limerick City Gallery of Art.

First Year English Students

Catherine Phil MacCarthy read from a selection of her works to First Year English Students in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, on December 2, 2014.

Soundings for Simon

An Evening of Poetry and Nostalgia to raise funding for Dublin Simon Community was held in The Central Hotel, Wicklow Street, on the 17th November, 2014.

Catherine Phil MacCarthy and other poets such as Moya Cannon, Seamus Cashman, Padraig J Daly, Tom Conaty and Maggie O’Dwyer read from their school days and responded from their own work.

Ó Bhéal reading

Catherine Phil MacCarthy presented a reading of her poetry at Ó Bhéal on Monday, May 12th, 2014, in The Hayloft at the Long Valley Pub, Winthrop Street, Cork.

You can listen to a recording of Catherine's reading here:

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.

Discussion: Poet Matt Rathmussen in conversation with Catherine Phil MacCarthy

Catherine Phil MacCarthy took part in a public conversation in St. Pauls, Minnesota, with local poet, Matt Rasmussen, on April 8, 2014, entitled “The Island of Poetry: Small Places in a Large World.” Matt is a widely published poet whose first book, Black Aperture (2012), won the Walt Whitman Award and was a finalist for the National Book award. The event was held at the Merriam Park Branch Library, 1831 Marshall Avenue in St Paul.

St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin: One City, One Book ‘One Book’ Bookshop

To celebrate the recent publication of If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry & Song, St Patrick’s Festival 2014 presented a weekend of songs and poetry readings from some of Ireland’s best known living poets. The readings took place at the Discover Ireland Tourism Centre, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, on the afternoons of Saturday 15th & Sun 16th March.

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

‘On The Nail’ Literary Gathering

Catherine Phil MacCarthy read at the ‘On The Nail’ Literary Gathering which was organised by Poetry Ireland in association with the Limerick Writers’ Centre in December 2012.

The 25th John Hewitt International Summer School

Catherine Phil MacCarthy was one of the featured poets who headlined the International Summer School organised by the John Hewitt Society. The event was was the 25th summer school organised by the Society which was established in 1987 to commemorate the life and work of the renowned Northern Irish poet. For more details on the John Hewitt Society, visit their web site.

Opening of Irish Feminist Network Conference

The Irish Feminist Network Conference was held in the Sean O’Casey Community Centre, St Mary’s Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, on May 19, and included an introduction by Dr. Clara Fischer, Irish Feminist Network, and a poetry reading by Catherine Phil MacCarthy.

Catherine Phil MacCarthy reading at the 2011 Dromineer Poetry Festival

Catherine Phil MacCarthy reading at the Dromineer Poetry Festival, September 2011

Founded in 2004, the Dromineer Poetry Festival is renowned for its warm and intimate atmosphere, as well as having a beautiful lakeside location in North Tipperary. The 2011 programme featured readings by Catherine Phil MacCarthy as well as contributions from Booker Prize nominee Jennifer Johnston, Irish Times Award winner John MacKenna, Dermot Healy and Kerry Hardie.

For more information on the Dromineer Poetry Festival, follow this link.