‘Dusk on Lough Tay’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved.

‘Dusk on Lough Tay’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved. ‘Tis only when the setting sun; above Lough Tay retires till dawn and casts its waning rays upon her waters; that man can see with naked eye the magic of a dark’ning sky, conjuring a sight of bliss and wonder. Nestling in the Wicklow […]

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‘Bottle Top Eddie from Bantry’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved.

‘Bottle Top Eddie from Bantry’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved. A living treasure that’s my dad, Father, granddad, lovely man. Early mornings down the bay, When the tide has crept away. Refuse bags in either hand Clearing plastic from the land. Bags of black and bags of green Collecting tops for folk in […]

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‘Kilkenny Dream’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved.

‘Kilkenny Dream’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved. Last night in the depths of my slumber, A portrait of home came to me, I stood at the foot of mount Brandon, Enthralled and bewitched by the scene. The butterfly danced o’er the Barrow The barge drifted silently by I was back home in old […]

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‘Patriotic Thoughts’ © Joe Canning 2016. All Rights Reserved.

‘Patriotic Thoughts’ © Joe Canning 2016. All Rights Reserved. Ireland… Mother Ireland, I despair of those in power. Unfree… from that captured corner, thy children call. Shall… ye someday be rid of thy shackles? Yes. Never… will those that served thee be forgotten. Be… it another century of waiting, we will persist. At… all times […]

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‘Angel in a Field of Rye’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved.

‘Angel in a Field of Rye’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved. I watched her from a distance. An image of colour in a silent field. Serenity, soothed me in abundance. Grasses swayed as starlings do; In the dusk of evening o’er a meadow. Motionless she gazed toward the blue. My curiosity wanted to […]

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#OTD in 1807 – Birth of Sir Charles Edward Trevelyan, a British civil servant referred to in the modern Irish folk song The Fields of Athenry about ‘An Gorta Mor’.

Trevelyan is referred to in the modern Irish folk song The Fields of Athenry about ‘An Gorta Mor’. For his actions, he is commonly considered one of the most detested figures in Irish history, along with the likes of Cromwell. Photo: Charles Trevelyan accompanied by a poem written by Joe Canning Friends of Ireland! Please […]

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‘The Children of Limbo’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved.

‘The Children of Limbo’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved. Sick to my stomach. I am alone and thinking. I have heard of the sunken pit. That covert crypt of angels. Eight hundred innocents! Eight hundred defenceless souls! Without baptism, without sin. Dishonoured by Brides of Christ. Followers of the orders of the Father, […]

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‘Found’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved.

‘Found’ © Joe Canning 2017. All Rights Reserved. He was a confused individual, I watched as his eyes moistened. In his hand a long awaited letter, On the envelope a Dublin postmark. The Canning river passed idly by. Perth was at peace but not he. I waited on some words to come; From the lips […]

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