Ciara Ní É

Ciara Ní É is DCU’s writer in residence 2020, an Irish Writers Centre ambassador, and the founder of REIC multilingual spoken word. She has performed in New York, London, Brussels, and Sweden. Her work has appeared in journals including Icarus and Comhar. She is a cofounder of LGBTQ+ arts collective Aerach.Aiteach.Gaelach. Her first collection is forthcoming.

Ciara Ní É

Photo: Hannah McGlynn

Events

Meet the Artist »

Hear Ifor ap Glyn, Peter Mackay, Ciara ní É and Pól Mag Uidhir talk about ‘Bàrd- File – Bardd’

Wed 10 March | 12:30 - 13:00 | Free/Ticketed | StAnza Zoom

Bàrd – File – Bardd »

Showcasing the Welsh, Irish and Scots Gaelic filmpoem project

Sat 6 March - Wed 31 March | (All day) | FREE | StAnza Online

Poem

Seasamh na Mná Galánta

Tar éis tamaill de chomhrá le bean bhreá
atá ag moladh mo chuidse filíochta
ag seoladh irise, deirim léi
go scríobhaim i nGaeilge chomh maith

Feicim scamaill ina súile
agus is cuma faoina freagra cáiréiseach,
cloisim a tuairim go glé, dar léi
go bhfuil mé os cionn a leithéid

Níos déanaí
nuair a shánn a fear céile a lámh thais i mo bhos
is ligeann uaidh gnúsacht mar bheannacht
déanaim lán mo shúl a bhaint as
agus cuimhním gur minic don ghrá a bheith dall

The Party Line

I’m hobnobbing at a magazine launch
Hitting it off with an intellectual glamazon
Who calls my performance sensational
And asks about my name
Yes I also write in Irish, I explain

Confusion clouds her eyes
And even her carefully worded reply
Does not hide her opinion:
That the language is below my station

Later when her husband grunts hello
And crams a sweaty palm in mine
I take him in, head to toe
And I’m reminded of how often love is blind

Ciara Ní É

First published in Aneas (2020)