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Muldoon’s Picnic

Friday August 12, 2022
Muldoon's Picnic featuring Paul Muldoon, Rogue Oliphant and special guests Maurice Riordan, Duke Special, Hannah Sullivan and Clare Keegan.
Show Date & Time:
Friday August 12, 8:00pm
Ticket Price:

€20, four for €70

Booking fee:


Running Time:

2 hours

UPDATE: Louise Kennedy announced as special guest. We’re delighted to welcome this late addition to our line up for Friday’s event:

Louise Kennedy grew up in Holywood, Co Down. Her writing has been published in journals including Banshee, The Tangerine, Stinging Fly, in the Irish Times and Belfast Telegraph, and read on BBC Radio 4 and RTE Radio 1. Her short stories have won prizes and in 2019 she was shortlisted for both Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award and Irish Short Story of the Year. She is a PhD student at Queens University Belfast where she’s researching the life and work of the writer Norah Hoult. Bloomsbury published her debut short story collection The End of the World is a Cul de Sac in January 2021 to critical acclaim and her novel Trespasses was published earlier this year. She lives in Sligo.

After ten sold out seasons at the Irish Arts Center in New York and two highly successful Irish tours, Muldoon’s Picnic comes to An Grianán Theatre for one night only.

An omnium-gatherum of poetry, prose and music, Muldoon’s Picnic is hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon joined by house band Rogue Oliphant, a collective of musicians and composers including Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues).

Special musical and literary guests on the night include Maurice Riordan, Duke Special and Hannah Sullivan.

We regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Claire Keegan will no longer be able to perform.

This tour is produced by Poetry Ireland and supported by an Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Arts Council of Northern Ireland Touring Grant.

“music-and-literature extravaganza”. Time Out New York

“a superb and memorable night. Highly recommended” New York Irish Arts

Muldoon's Picnic is supported by Poetry Ireland, the Arts Council of Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Special Guests:

Maurice Riordan’s most recent collection is Shoulder Tap, published by Faber in October 2021. Previous books include A Word from the Loki (1995), Floods (2000), The Holy Land (2007) and The Water Stealer (2013). He edited The Finest Music, an anthology of early Irish lyrics in translation, and A Quark for Mister Mark: 101 Poems about Science. He has received the Michael Hartnett Award, a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors, and a PEN translation award. He is a former editor of The Poetry Review and is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University. Born in Lisgoold, Co. Cork, he lives in London, where he teaches at the Faber Academy.

By nature Duke Special is a curious person. He is curious about theatre, books, music, poetry, art, love, life, redemption, death, and 78RPM records.  All of this is evidenced by his many recordings which are a map of his passions. 
Duke is currently writing songs based on the paintings of Italian painter, Amedeo Modigliani, and interpreting old Irish-American Tin Pan Alley song sheets.  His most recent release was based on the poetry of the eminent Belfast poet, Michael Longley and is called ‘Hallow.’  As ever, Duke Special is mining a new seam of inspiration, always trying to get to the bottom of what it means to be human. 

Hannah Sullivan is a poet and academic living in London. Her first collection Three Poems, published by Faber in 2018 and FSG in 2020, was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize and the inaugural John Pollard Foundation International Prize. Her second book Was It for This will be published in 2023. She teaches modern English Literature at New College, Oxford, and has also written an academic book on revision and modernism.

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How To Book


We are now using electronic tickets. When you book you will now get a link to an electronic ticket. This can be presented on your phone for scanning on arrival at the venue. Alternately you can choose to download and print your ticket at home. Just be sure to have the QR code clearly visible for scanning.



Our box office is now currently open for in person and phone enquiries from 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Our cafe has now reopened for indoor and outdoor dining. Opening hours are 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.


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In Person

Call in to our Box Office during opening hours: 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

On days we have an evening show the box office will be open from 6pm to 8pm.

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays unless there is a show in which case the box office will be open for two hours before the performance.

There is a €1 booking fee per ticket. These booking fees are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for credit.


Tickets cannot be refunded.

Tickets may be exchanged for a credit voucher (minus the cost of any booking fees).

Tickets must be exchanged at least 24 hours prior to the performance and within box office opening hours. If you have already collected your tickets you MUST return the tickets to us before you can exchange them.

Credit vouchers remain valid for one year from date of issue.


Terms & Conditions

  • The management reserve the right to refuse admission and to alter the cast of a production due to unforseen circumstances.
  • For safety reasons, buggies or carrycots are not permitted in the auditorium.
  • Cameras or recording devices are not permitted in the auditorium.
  • NB: Mobile phones and pagers must be switched off during performances.

Seating Plan