3rd Place: Ireland Past and Present

Ireland Past and Present

St. Stephen’s green is peaceful
Quiet on this Monday.
Coat shining with water wet,
I dip through the Dublin rain.

Éire, a chroí
Ta tú saor!

Through town I trudge, satchel slung
Over my chest, cold as a gun.
The smell of the Liffey, a smell heavy hung
The pulsing vein of our nation young.

Éire, a chroí
Ta tú saor!

Walking down old Sackville Street
In the rain with my hat bent low,
I touch the caper-sized bullet holes
That adorn the GPO.

Éire, a chroí
Ta tú saor!

The chalk left on my fingers
The pale dust of our past,
‘Twas during the Easter of ’16
When our nation rose at last.

Éire, a chroí
Ta tú saor!

 

Lucy Ní Dhuiginn
Gael Choláiste Cheatharlach
Carlow