Cupid the Hitman

There’s a little fella flying, He’s appearing here and there, Striking victims at random, He can appear anywhere! The police put out a description… A chubby cherub with wings… Known to strike folk by twos! Afflict them with love, and all that brings! The Garda are looking for him… The ERU have been deployed! The Irish Army are being mobilized …Read more »

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Why Cheap Laughs Come at a Cost

Much is made of the controversy over the Muhammad cartoons. I remember the issue when it first broke in Denmark, and thought to myself it funny, but yet wrong. The fanaticism that opposes the drawings is wrong too, but if we dont insult, they wont react. It does not excuse the murders in Paris, but does give background to how …Read more »

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Twelve Mourned as Two Thousand are Forgotten

The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic ~ Josef Stalin Millions marched – a world looked on in sympathy As is right and proper, for the Paris Twelve who were slain… As they were remembered, in another land two thousand lie forgotten But a footnote in the news that week they remain. …Read more »

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When the Sun Is A Weathercaster

Half set, the sun, at death of day Fills the sky with the red of blood The colour of life of a tomorrow splendid As the farmer said it would As if a fortune teller the future foretelling Half risen, the sun at death of night Fills the sky with red of blood Albeit paler, tells of a day of …Read more »

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Je Suis Ahmed, Charlie, Moi

The tragic shooting in France does not make all Moslems evil no more than a UVF shooting or the antics of the Orange Order makes all Protestants evil. Those who say it does are the extremists. Why just refuse to mock each others religions? A little respect goes a long way. Ulster and North Leinster has a dialect word: “Nyeuck”. …Read more »

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Merlin Woods: Christmas Morning

I did not join they praying crowds In man built temples made of stone I did not go to pray as such Where I went walking on my own In Merlin Woods where each step Echod like a thunderclap Breaking a crytal skin of ice over each pebble and twig With each step with a snap. Angels flew overhead in …Read more »

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The Gathering Rush – Richard Brennan Launches Chapbook

Some folk plan for ages to do a book. Talk lots about it. In the meantime, others come and put put books and leave the talkers in the shade. I am the talker. One who has left me in the shade, Im glad to report, is fellow Tullamroe Rhymer Richard Brennan whose slim volume of poetry as he calles it, …Read more »

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Wells of Tara

From Tara, where expanse can be seen, From the Irish sea, to the Shannons water Expanse of the Kingdom of Royal Meath Won by the Ui Neill by battles slaughter It was a sacred place before their time Its energies aligned with stars and sun Weakened now in these modern times Where we as a people to scoff at such …Read more »

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Walking Past Adamnans Church in Birr

Its just another ruined church to some, but St Brendans Old Church in Birr is where a little known Irish saint wrote modern Europes first rules of war, and womens rights in battle, and not to fight in war, which is being eroded today. In those times, heads were taken as trophies – yes right up to Adamnan’s day, and …Read more »

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Stopped Clocks and All That – The Kildare Street Standoff and Merrion Square Rollover – right2water Dec 10 protests

Beyond the wire A photo posted by Thomas Carty (@tomjcarty) on Dec 12, 2014 at 8:05am PST Kevin Higgins is a writer – who I satire as Poet Biggins – with whom I have had my issues (Boobgate and all that!), but even he hits it on the nail every now and then, and I thought of one of his …Read more »

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