A regular spoken word event in Skibbereen at the Tanyard Bar

Speakeasy continues online with new performances by some of the world’s top spoken word artists. The best of Irish talent including award winning poets, novelists and playwritghts, “stunning and memorable” writing and “simply brilliant” performences. See more on our Speakers Corner section and sign up to our mailing list to stay tuned.


The latest online performances and writing from our contributors and performers

Gerard Beirne reads for Speakeasy

Gerard Beirne has published two collections of poetry and 4 books of prose. Hennessy Award winner, shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Bord Gais Irish Book Awards, and Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. He lectures on the BA Writing and Literature Program, IT Sligo.

Moya Roddy reads for Speakeasy

. Her poems have appeared in the Irish Times, Crannog, Stoney Thursday, Stinging Fly, Boyne Berries among others. Moya’s novel The Long Way Home was described as “simply brilliant” in Irish Times; her short story collection Other People was nominated for Frank O’Connor Award. Her new novel A Wiser Girl was described by Ruth McKee in the Irish Times as a “blast of Italian sunshine, a sparkling glass of wine for these chilly and uncertain times”.

Brian Kirk reads for Speakeasy

Brian Kirk reads for Speakeasy

Brian Kirk is a poet and writer from Dublin. His first poetry collection After The Fall was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017. His poem “Birthday” won the Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards 2018.

Matt Moloney reads for Speakeasy

Matt Mooney reads for Speakeasy

Matt Mooney.Born, a farmer’s son, in Kilchreest, Co. Galway in 1943. A graduate of UCG and UCC he has been a Vocational Teacher in Listowel where he is proud to be one of its townspeople. His collections of poems are: Droving (2003), Falling Apples (2010),Earth to Earth (2015), The Singing Woods (2017), Steering by the […]

Pete Mullineaux reads for Speakeasy

Pete Mullineaux reads for Speakeasy

Pete Mullineaux lives in Co. Galway and has published four poetry collections, including Session (Salmon 2011) and How to Bake a Planet (Salmon 2016) – “A gem” – Poetry Ireland Review. A New & Selected is due in 2022. He’s been interviewed about his poetry on RTE’s Arena and also had three plays produced by […]


The Speakeasy Sessions are a spoken word event


Last Tuesday of each month 8.00pm til 11pm


The Tanyard, Main Street, Skibbereen   


Spoken word performers of every kind are welcome. Whether you are a poet, a rapper, a story-teller, a writer, actor, puppeteer, a giver of speeches, a comedian – or just someone with something interesting to say, a warm welcome awaits you.How? To reserve a slot at one of our gigs, please complete the booking form here.

Spoken word in Skibbereen


Previously, in no particular order

Estelle Birdy reads for Speakeasy  

A M Cousins reads REDRESS  

Award winning writer Jaki McCarrick  

Poet Terry McDonagh reads for us  

Paddy Cullivan, Moze Jacobs and Anton Floyd