Full Text of Poem-Community Postcards- Daoine agus Áit 2021

Gowlaun Church Ruins
Steven Morrison
Holy Well at Kilgeever
Mary O'Malley
Mweelrea sweeping down to the Killary
Mary O'Malley
The Bear & The Cub Cross
A. J. Clarke
St Patrick once kneeled at Kilgeever
Mary O'Malley
Famine Clapper Bridge
Anne Cullen
Potato Ridge
Steven Morrison
Ruins of once loved homes
Steven Morrison
Familiar Track
Mary O'Malley
Wild spaces
Mary O'Malley
Place of my birth
Mary O'Malley
Postcard 2021
Mary O'Malley

Ar Bhruacha Chuan Mó


An echo rebounds

from these hallowed grounds,

sacred and most holy of wells.

From the cliffs of Mweelrea

to the mouth of the Killary,

into wild Atlantic swells.


Over grey stone walls

a lone whisper calls,

carried through barren fields.

Past unnamed headstones,

this tale still roams

around where Patrick once kneeled.


Famine bridge,

potato ridge,

the landscape still carries it on.

Memories told,

stories unfold,

local airs, poetry and song.


This is the dream

of Louisburgh-Killeen,

remembered often.

Pulling me back

to the familiar track,

never forgotten.


In wild green spaces,

people and places,

the mind begins to roam.

And whisper gives voice

to an unspoken choice:

the heart will always go home.


Light starts to fade,

casting its shade,

bringing a close to the day.

The salt of the earth,

the place of my birth,

God’s Pocket on the shores of Clew Bay.

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