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Saturday, April 2, 2016

1916 Commemorative Poem to Hollyfort women

I was delighted to be asked to write a poem to celebrate the opening of the 1916 Commemorative Garden by the Bann River in Hollyfort, The garden is  dedicated to Aileen Keogh and Maire Comerford, Hollyfort women activists during the 1916 Rising.

These women knew their place
for Aileen and Mรกire

We plant a garden
on cleared, re-seeded ground
to remember new beginnings
look towards the hills of Hollyfort
where hope dared to dream
in the tobacco fields and ditches.

We plant three granite stones
for remembrance
a path to lead the way
a flag to fly
in the face of despair.

These women nursed their visions
never faltered in the chase
for in the story of this land
these women knew their place.


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