Nollaig na mBan Shona Daoibh!

On this day it is the tradition in Ireland for the women to get together and enjoy their own Christmas, while the men folk stay at home and handle all the chores. It is also common for children to help their mothers and grandmothers with household chores and extra help. The Nollaig na mBan tradition […]

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‘A Walk Among Snowdrops’ © Joe Canning 2019. All Rights Reserved.

‘A Walk Among Snowdrops’ © Joe Canning 2019. All Rights Reserved. Joe Canning ‘ A look at Ireland in verse’   My warm breath creates a brief mist, The crisp fallen leaf and twig crackles underfoot. My heavy boots rustle the natural compost. The earthen floor is soft, cushioning, comforting.   The alert squirrel darts […]

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#OTD in 1927 – Birth of writer, Críostóir Ó Floinn in Limerick.

Críostóir Ó Floinn has published over 50 works in Irish and English, including novels, plays, short stories, biography, 12 books of poetry and a three-volume autobiography. Educated at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, Ó Floinn gained much attention for his controversial 1966 play, Cóta Bán Chríost (lit. “The white coat of Christ”), which […]

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‘A Childhood Christmas’ by Patrick Kavanagh

One side of the potato‑pits was white with frost— How wonderful that was, how wonderful! And when we put our ears to the paling‑post The music that came out was magical. The light between the ricks of hay and straw Was a hole in Heaven’s gable. An apple tree With its December‑glinting fruit we saw […]

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‘My Fair Irish Maid’ by Michael Walsh

‘My Fair Irish Maid’ by Michael Walsh Ma Vourneen is language of, A sweet land called Desire, From glens of Donegal to Cork, She sets the heart on fire, There’s beauty in a colleen Blue eyes and auburn hair, Or hair in flame, or Saxon blonde, Much more than heart can bear. There’s a beauty […]

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‘Untitled For Christmas’ © Joe Canning 2018. All Rights Reserved.

‘Untitled For Christmas’ © Joe Canning 2018. All Rights Reserved.   Warm is my breath as it comforts my hands, Soft plays the hymn from ‘The Salvation Band’, My thoughts they do stray to my friends far away, They, that left this old country behind.   For want of a penny and a fortune to […]

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‘Remembering Absent Friends’ © Joe Canning 2018. All Rights Reserved. 

‘Remembering Absent Friends’ © Joe Canning 2018. All Rights Reserved. Joe Canning ‘ A look at Ireland in verse’ I remember Mama saying, that there’s whispers in the trees, That there’s love in many places, if we’d only look and see, That there’s little signs of comfort, that can ease a hurting pain, That there’s […]

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#OTD in 1912 – Birth in Dublin of poet, dramatist and lawyer, Donagh MacDonagh, son of 1916 Easter Rising Leader, Thomas MacDonagh.

Donagh MacDonagh was a writer, judge, presenter, broadcaster, and playwright. He was still a young child when his father Thomas MacDonagh, an Irish nationalist and poet, was executed in 1916. Tragedy struck again when his mother died of a heart attack a year afterwards while swimming at Skerries to Lambay, Co Dublin on 9 July […]

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‘Kitty’s’ © Joe Canning 2018. All Rights Reserved.

‘Kitty’s’ © Joe Canning 2018. All Rights Reserved.   Two rounds of bread and butter And a mug of golden tea, Cost us a shiny sixpence. Back in nineteen sixty three.   Five songs we got for thruppence, The coin with a dozen sides. And the doggie men from Derry, Filled Harte’s bar on racing […]

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