The Colony in Bunlehinch-Lecture and video
My native place lies about 8Kms from Louisburgh town and close to the half-parish church and graveyard of Killeen. Take a right turn off the Louisburgh road, adjacent to my childhood home, and you’re onto a small road called The Colony Road. We will now walk that road and tell the story of why it is called The Colony.
Take a moment to reflect on the events described, while I read my short poem, “Bóirín na Deirce.”
We will stroll a while, you and I,
Down a long-forgotten, famine road,
Back the way; the path our people came.
Bóirín na Deirce, road of alms,
Each side bound in by solid stone.
A uniform of moss and lichen,
Will not hide a stone’s sad scéal.
‘In a place neither now nor then,
Not so long ago; when stones could talk…’
‘Oh, seanachaí, let your story flow.’
Those solid stones, like skulls and bones,
Large or small, round and square,
Each a single sacred story.
The full text of Séamus McNally’s lecture is available to download below.