Cormac Lally Speakeasy March 23rd 2019


Speakeasy kicked off on March 26th at The Tanyard whisky bar on Main Street, Skibbereen – and what a great night it was. We had puppetry, story-telling, poetry, readings and a Toastmaster talk.

Story-teller extraordinaire, Rae McKinley spun a magical tale of wolves and sorcery; Trace Irwine raised many laughs with her Scottish tale of a generous pig and its ungrateful penny-pinching owner. Organiser and founder of the national spoken word agency, Boundless and Bare, Melissa Ridge joined us from Dublin and recited some of her highly original poetry; Anne Crossey had everyone crying with laughter as she recited some heart-felt and moody poetry by her 15 year-old self. Phoebe Cotton and Josephine Dennehy had everyone spellbound with their highly original puppetry performance of XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.

Travel writer John Devoy read from his acclaimed book “Quondam” – the story of his travels through Africa as a younger man. Alun Rees of West Cork Toastmasters told us the story of how he could never get his mother to tell him how he came by his first name – and why, when he finally found out, he discovered she had good reasons for it! The inimitable Cormac Lally moved us to laughter and tears with his performance poetry.

Trudy Hayes reads for Speakeasy
Bob Shakeshaft
Bob Shakeshaft
Anne Walsh Donnelly reads
Margaret O’Driscoll Reads
Three poems: Daniel Wade
Rachel Coventry reads for Speakeasy