Cordal native poet, Jimmy Cullinane is launching his book of poems titled ‘The Hillside Scribbler’ this weekend.
The launch will take place at Hughes’ Bar, Cordal on Saturday and will start at 2pm with a top class music session afterwards by Jimmy’s son, Dónal along with Emma O’Leary and Bryan O’Leary. Everyone is welcome.
Inspired by Kerry People
Jimmy has over 85 poems written, mainly inspired by people and places in rural County Kerry. Included in the book are numerous tribute poems to the likes of: Patrick O’Keeffe, Con Houlian, Jackie Healy Rae, The Pecker Dunne, Bryan Sheehan amongst others.
Confessing to a love of poetry as a child and inheriting an interest in local songs from both side of his family, Jimmy developed his interest in writing soon after he joined Scríobhnóirí Sliabh Luachra in Castleisland is 2012.
Cáit and Tommy Frank
Under the leadership of Knocknagoshel woman, Cáit Curtin and the tutelage of the late Tommy Frank O’Connor, Jimmy began to write a few poems of his own.
“Tommy Frank brought out the best in our class of twenty and luckily we had him for five years – it was he who laid the foundation for my writing,” said Jimmy.