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To every cow her calf To the saint it once was said: It led to a battle From which hundreds lay dead… …

The Carnmoney Vicar and the Devil

The vicar of Carnmoney was a greedy sort for money So the histories of the time of him tell The Devil spotted …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Waves Neath Keel

Waves neath keel toss boat up and down Wind filled sails power her forward… To tack the tiller to port is turned …

The Best Room

Some Irish hate our past. One who shall not be named has made his latest Quixotic attack: it is on the old …

The Three Wishes of Willie the Wisp

Based on the story from the Folklore Commission https://www.duchas.ie/en/cbes/5009178/4994671 There once was a blacksmith as broke as could be, Who no future …

Shore Road to Roscam Abbey

I walked upon an ancient road Slowly taken now by the sea, The Atlantic tides ebbed and flowed I walked the line …

To Visit A Strangers Grave

I walk in town to which confined For nine more weeks I bring to mind The graves I would visit today Of …

Year Has Past Like a Decade Gone

A year has passed, like a decade gone, It feels we have aged, Every one has a different take On the new …

We Are Not Each Others Enemy

Time long ago – a hundred years – in a land where welcomes were slim A team came together – Brother Walfrid, …

Away in a Doorway

Just this week, homeless activists tied 56 black baloons outside Dail Eireann to highlight those who died while homeless in 2020 alone. …

Grateful to Vaccines

We today live no longer in fear, Of measles or the whooping cough, The mumps or chickenpox Because of vaccines at which …

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