Poets want stop to River Shannon ‘plunder’ with new collection

JAMES Joyce once wrote of the “dark mutinous Shannon waves” and now writers have come together as part of a rebellion against Dublin City Council’s plans to “plunder” Ireland’s longest river of its water.

JAMES Joyce once wrote of the “dark mutinous Shannon waves” and now writers have come together as part of a rebellion against Dublin City Council’s plans to “plunder” Ireland’s longest river of its water.

Anthology for a River is a collection of poetry - with contributions from Limerick and all over Ireland, from the UK and the United States - which will be launched at the White House bar this Thursday night as part of a campaign to call a halt to the water extraction proposals Dublin City Council is pushing as a solution to chronic water shortages in the capital.

Edited by Teri Murray, the anthology brings together almost 40 poets who have either written tributes to the Shannon or jeremiads against Dublin City Council’s plans.

Proceeds from sales will be used by the River Shannon Protection Alliance (RSPA) - which has local branches in Limerick city and Lough Derg - in their continuing campaign against the plans to take hundreds of millions of litres of water a day from the Shannon system. Up to 400 million litres would be extracted daily at Terryglass; stored in a reservoir in a depleted bog outside Portarlington and piped to capital.

“The purpose of the anthology is two-fold,” explained Gerry Siney, chairman of the RSPA’s Limerick branch, “to give voice, as only poets can, to the widespread fear of the plunder of the river with its serious environmental, economic and social implications for some one million people who live along its length; and secondly to raise funds for the campaign of opposition being lead by the River Shannon Protection Alliance.”

Anthology For A River will be launched this Thursday, July 26, at the O’Connell Street pub with actor and writer Myles Breen hosting an evening of song and verse.

The event is open to the public, free of charge and refreshments will be served. It all kicks off at 8pm and early arrival is advised.