Spotlight 2017

Rosaleen Crowley - Poet and Artist

13 Mar 2017
Rosaleen Crowley - Poet and Artist

Rosaleen Crowley is a poet and artist, based in Indiana, USA. Rosaleen reminisces about her time at UCC and how it ignited her love of poetry.

Course/subjects studied in UCC

First year course: English, Psychology, Sociology and Math
BA in English and Psychology
Higher Diploma in Education 

Best memory of UCC:

Getting married in The Honan Chapel was a wonderful experience.  The ambience and intimacy of the church added to the special occasion.  Surrounded by family and friends, Brendan and I walked down the aisle and out into grounds for photographs. This September 17, we will be married thirty four years. 

How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now?

"I touch people’s souls through my combination of art and poetry." My Bachelors of Arts was in English and Psychology.  My education has helped me to understand the benefits of being a life-long learner.  My English Literature course gave me an appreciation of the written word. 

Presently, my focus is on writing and reading poetry.  My first collection, Point of Connection-a paintings and poetry book was published in Cork by Bradshaw Books in 2016.  My program Irish Heart and Spirit is a custom made presentation based on my book.  I connect to my audience by sharing paintings, poems, and stories using language and imagery from my Irish/poetic heritage.

My training as a Teacher has stayed with me my whole life. Sometimes, the lessons shone through in my personal life by teaching my two sons and my granddaughter to live a life of love, kindness towards others and laughter. Professionally, over a period of ten years, I worked with eight hundred people from thirty seven different countries. My psychology courses helped me to attend the needs of people in transition from one culture to another.  

What is your advice to current UCC students?

Savour the moment.  Stay connected to your fellow students and Professors and other Staff that can nurture your talents. Always give back. You may think you are too busy.  Make time for others that need your help. Always remember that you can ask for help.

What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?

I was very fortunate to have Professor Sean Lucy and John Montague teach English literature during my time at UCC.  My very first memory of UCC is my first English class.  Professor Lucy asked ”If you had a Cork Examiner and it has three sections: Prose, Poetry and Short Story, which would you read first.  I put my hand up for Poetry and was surprised that not very many people had raised their hands.  Professor Lucy indicated that we would not be disappointed if we had chosen poetry.

Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?

This is the one area of my University experience that I would do differently.   Outside of UCC, I was involved in the Past Pupils of Regina Mundi College. 

Favorite UCC legend or superstition?

None.  Now you have given me an idea for a poem!

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