The Flaggy Shore celebrated in words and music at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

June 01, 2017

"And sometime make the time to drive out west into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore”
-        Seamus Heaney, ‘Postscript’

The Flaggy Shore, the magical stretch of coastline in County Clare which features in Heaney’s poem ‘Postscript’, will be celebrated with a unique combination of words, live artwork and traditional music at Seamus Heaney HomePlace on Saturday 10 June.
‘Postscript’ was the poem with which Seamus Heaney liked to end his readings and the first part of the HomePlace event will see environmentalist, teacher and painter Gordon D’Arcy talk about the literary and environmental significance of the County Clare region. 

Setting the scene for the event, Gordon says:
“In order to capture the spirit of The Flaggy Shore, I will create some live artwork inspired by the local wildlife, while discussing the rich natural and social heritage of the area and Lough Murree - the setting for the poem.  There will be something for naturalists, historians and anyone interested in poetry and the outdoors.”
After the interval, a trio of outstanding musicians – singer Katie Theasby, accordionist Conor Keane and guitarist Brian Murray – will perform a selection of Clare tunes in an unmissable celebration of one of those unique Irish landscapes that, as Heaney put it, “catch the heart off guard and blow it open”.
Tickets for ‘The Flaggy Shore’ at Seamus Heaney HomePlace on Saturday 10 June at 7.30pm are £10 and are on sale now from