Gerald Dawe speaks about “Poet of the Troubles”: An Exhibition paying Tribute to the late Poet Padraic Fiacc, by the Internationally acclaimed Photographer John Minihan.

22nd April 2022, 12am

“GERALD DAWE ON JOHN MINIHAN and PADRIAC FIACC”                                   

In anticipation of the forthcoming exhibition “Poet Of The Troubles” – A Photographic Tribute To The Late Irish Poet Pádriac Fiacc, by the Internationally renowned Irish Photographer John Minihan, which is coming here to The ICC on Thursday April 28th (until  May 31st 2022), we bring you this short film made by The Linen Hall Library Belfast, where the exhibition was recently presented.

On the evening of April 28th at the official opening of “Poet Of The Troubles’, the ICC’s Poet In Residence, Niall McDevitt will read some of Padriac Fiacc’s poems, The Belfast Poet Pádriac Fiacc died in January 2019.

Here in  association with “The Linen Hall Library” – Belfast,‘ICC Digital’ is delighted to bring you this short film of the Irish poet and emeritus professor of English at Trinity College Dublin, Gerald Dawe, talking about Minihan’s exhibition “Poet Of The Troubles” and talking about his  late friend, Pádriac Fiacc.

Gerald Dawe co-edited Pádraic Fiacc: Ruined Pages with Aodan Mac Poilin (Blackstaff Press, 1994, and Lagan Press, 2012). Dawe said that Fiacc’s work can be read as a history of what it felt like to be at the cutting edge of the Troubles. “The books he published tell this story in a shocking way, offending many with their often barbarous and fragmented utterance but lit throughout with black irony and gallows humour”.

Irish photographer John Minihan has exhibited his work in museums and galleries all across the world.  He is renowned for his photographs of one of the world’s greatest contemporary writers, Samuel Beckett. This exhibition features a unique set of images of Padraic Fiacc, who died in January 2019.

The Belfast-born poet Gerald Dawe has published over twenty books of poetry and prose since his first collection ‘Sheltering Places’ was published in 1978.


The ICC would like to thank The Linen Hall Library for permission to share this film on ICC Digital.