When it comes to literature, the Irish have been active for quite a while. After Greek and Latin, literature in Irish is the oldest in Europe, dating from the 4th or 5th century.
As the 20th century drew near in Ireland, a new nationalist cultural revival stirred. It would come to be known as the Irish literary renaissance and would change modern Irish history. The waves of that cultural sea change continue to ripple across the Irish and Celtic Diaspora.
Here in Atlanta, we celebrate the literary heritage of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England with Arís Theatre, Atlanta's Celtic theatre company. On St. Patrick's Day, Arís co-founder Kathleen McManus joined "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes for a celebration of Celtic heritage in poetry.
Arís Theatre's annual fundraiser, Celtic Shorts, takes place Tuesday evening, March 21, at Shakespeare Tavern.