Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Jimmy Moloney with Knitwits, Killarney and Dan Keane's Listowel Castle

Jimmy Moloney, Fianna Fáil local election candidate visited the Knitwits on his campaign trail.

Left to Right: Joan Carey, Anne Moloney, Namir Karim, Mary Cogan, Kelly St. John, Jimmy Moloney, Patricia Borley, Maureen Connolly, Una Hayes and Pat Barry.


In Killarney for Mothers' Day I encountered this yoke in the grounds of Muckross House. A butterfly, apparently.

Killarney National Park never disappoints. It is the perfect place for a family day out.


Listowel Castle by Dan Keane

Grey edifice, piercing the dark
With your bare bony limbs
And shielding from searing sun
The grassy mounds.
What other use art thou?
Silent, grey, dim
Amid such sweet surrounds;
Or art thou not aware of vigiling so long/
And yet I hear thy walls
Throw back the song
Of river sweet
And every other voice
In which your playful echoes
Just rejoice.
What hands raised
Your grey skeleton so tall
Hast thou known the tramp of men
And buglers’call?
They tell me chieftains dwelt
And great men here kept guard.
That thou hast known the strum og harp
And song of bard.
I called upon your storied walls
To pour their knowledge out
And all your echoes answered back
Was, “Out”.
And out I went and out again
And do not know
The mystery of your grey wall
And so,
I brood, a child again
And in my heart

The love and mystery remain.


Do you remember playing hopscotch?    (photo from a collection called Photos of Dublin)


On tomorrow night, April 10 2014 Séan Lyons will be reading from his new book of poetry in John B.'s at 9.00 p.m. The performance will be recorded for a cd to accompany his book. All welcome.


Date for the diary

Thurs April 17 2014
The Seanchaí
Official launch of the 2014 Writers' Week programme
All welcome

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