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Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

A Nice Time of Year to Go

A nice time of year to go – So long ago, like yesterday – When the veil of life was at its …

The Talking Drums of the Amina

They echo still, the talking drums: Through time they echo down… To those who listen they shall hear The screams of the …

A Great Place to Go Mad

Background: I grew up with stories of my father on his honeymoon on the west coast describing it as “a great place …

Had She Never Written a Poem

Oh that as they lay there On the floor of the family home Taken by gas like to many of their folk …

Red Wolf Returns from the Mountains

When the wolf gets red, he becomes an ugly customer. ليوه چه سور کيږي ګنده کيږي Bannuchis say this of Wazirs, but …

The Unlikely Rebel

Softly spoken, without the braggarts yell, His words echo far, the truth they tell, Bring all to their feet, in support or …

Hope is a Horse Fair in Banagher

Our old house, Babser Hynses on the right, is boarded up now. But at least its not torn down, as the developers …

Blackbirds at Ballinamuck Sing in The Trees

The blackbirds at Ballinamuck sing among the trees Where the rebels, prone, were slain, English cavalry chased through where horses could run …

Pilgrim of Invea

The pilgrim died, as the least of men But others learned in a dream That he, who had arrived alone one night …

Out for a Walk at Ballybrit

An old couple of a dateless age,Over sixty, under ninety, somewhere between:Out for their daily walk with their two little dogs,Theirs strolls …

Afghanistan Burning

Afghanistan burning, though most is not,Having surrendered without a shot,Their President is their “Sheamus a Chac”Who fled and flew without looking back,The …

When The Devil Was Beat by Duffy

A common folk story in Europe, in North Longford it was attributed to a local blacksmith as the hero of the tale, …

Memories of Grandmother at Drumnahara

The shaking hands that set the plate Of ice cream and jelly that vibrate With an old woman’s smile under curled hair …

Before the Very First Poem

In a time before poetry was written or read, Before a song was sung, or a tale said, They lived in a …

Tragedy at Kien-ning

Mary Darley, in missionary work in China, told the story of a lady so devoted to Bhuddism, that she lost her life …

The Fairy Boatmen of Banagher

Verse inspired by a story from the folkore collection Out walking his dog on a July evening In the river there afloat …

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