|Michael Longley, James Harrold, Maidhc Danín Ó Sé & Brendan Smith|
This initiative was started in spring 2013 by Galway City Arts Officer James Harrold, seen in above photograph (second from left) with the late Maidhc Danín Ó Sé, Michael Longley and myself at the first writers' planting of native Irish trees for what will become over time a major Poets’ Way (Slí na bhFilí) along the banks of the River Corrib close to the Black Box theatre.
This year, director Dani Gill will plant a tree to mark the 30th anniversary of the festival and to celebrate her fifth season with Cúirt.
It is appropriate that the reconnection of the world of the Irish literati with Trees occurs in Galway, a city that has for decades kept alive the ancient Celtic bardic respect for Mother Earth. Here in this urban landscape, environmentalists and artists often came from the same womb and share the same eco-values and beliefs.