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Dublin: 17 °C Saturday 4 July, 2020

Get ready for an avalanche of Chinese poetry on the Dart this fortnight

Connolly Station is the venue for a Chinese New Year celebration as the exhibition is launched today.

“THE LONE SAIL against the green hills fades from eyes / Only the Yangtze’s flowing beyond the skies.”

So reads one of 20 classical Chinese poems on display in all Dart carriages over the next two weeks.

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English translations of work by iconic poets from the Tang and Song dynasties will be featured on posters in trains across Dublin to mark the Chinese New Year next Monday.

‘Curved-necked, skyward coos’

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‘Countless hills the light skiff passes by’

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‘Alone from the sun-side comes a slice of sail’

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The Iarnród Éireann initiative follows a cultural partnership with Shanghai Metro that saw an exhibition of WB Yeats’ poetry on trains across the megacity’s train network last year.

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A delegation from the Shanghai Metro will be in Connolly Station today as the two-week-long tribute to Chinese poetry is unveiled.

The China Cheongsam Association of Ireland is performing traditional Chinese music and dance on platform four from 11am, and there’ll be fine Chinese cuisine samples for passengers who get there early.

Read: Here’s what’s happening in Dublin for the Chinese New Year

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