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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - SL SL Tony Clay­ton-Lea

Ac­cord­ing to the late Con Houli­han, the bor­ders of Sli­abh Luachra are al­most myth­i­cal: suf­fi­ciently elas­tic to em­brace a wide ter­ri­tory strad­dling the Cork, Kerry and Lim­er­ick bor­ders. Two of the finest ex­po­nents of that vi­brant sound are ac­cor­dion player Jackie Daly and fid­dler Matt Cran­itch. This is the first of two dates they’re play­ing in Cork this week­end. Hear them and bask in the buoy­ant polkas and slides of the Rushy Glen. TRAD Emer May­ock and Mary McPart­lan Yeats Day sees a raft of events scat­tered across Sligo (and be­yond), and this pair­ing of piper and flute player May­ock with singer McPart­lan prom­ises some­thing very spe­cial, ac­com­pa­ny­ing a con­ver­sa­tion on the poet and his work with Dr Mar­garet Harper, Mark Pa­trick He­d­er­man, Su­san Hiller and Vin­cent Woods. The right words in the right or­der with notes fol­low­ing suit.

YEATSCELEBRATIONS There are more events around the coun­try cel­e­brat­ing the 150th an­niver­sary of the birth of WB Yeats than we can list here, so what fol­lows is by no means com­pre­hen­sive. The most high pro­file events take place this week­end in Sligo. Tonight (9pm, ¤15/¤12) at Model Arts Cen­tre, Can­dle­light Sa­lon will fea­ture mu­sic (Emer May­cock, Mary McPart­lan) and con­ver­sa­tion (in­clud­ing Dr Mar­garet Harper, Eimear McBride, Vin­cent Woods). On Sun­day (June 14th, 6pm, ¤10/¤5), the same venue will host a Yeats Day Con­cert recital, fea­tur­ing so­prano Eun­joo Goh, pi­anist Aen­gus Ker­rin, and harpist Ra­mune Sakalauskaite.

Over the week­end, the Dalkey Book Fes­ti­val in Dublin will fea­ture a se­ries of events, in­clud­ing talks and dis­cus­sions with au­thor Paul Mur­ray, Abbey Theatre direc­tor Fiach Mac Cong­hail, Ir­ish Times’ writer Fintan O’Toole, his­to­rian Diar­maid Fer­riter, and ac­tor Gabriel Byrne.

A high­light for many will be the Poet Lau­re­ate and Na­tional Po­ets event to­mor­row at Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena (8.30pm, ¤15), which fea­tures Ire­land’s pro­fes­sor of po­etry Paula Mee­han (above, with Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins), English poet lau­re­ate Carol Ann Duffy, na­tional poet of Wales Gil­lian Clarke, na­tional poet of Scot­land Liz Lochhead, the Lon­don lau­re­ate Ais­ling Fa­hey, and North­ern Ir­ish poet Sinéad Mor­ris­sey, all of whom will en­gage with the work of Yeats in the pres­ence of Pres­i­dent Hig­gins .

Events be­yond this week­end? Run­ning un­til June 20th at the New Theatre, Tem­ple Bar, Dublin (7.30pm, ¤15/¤12), three of Yeats’ plays ( The Pot of Broth, Pur­ga­tory, and An Cat agus An Ghealach – the Ir­ish lan­guage world pre­miere of The Cat and the Moon) are staged by Mouth on Fire Theatre Com­pany in as­so­ci­a­tion with Dublin Unesco City of Lit­er­a­ture. yeats2015.com

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