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Reflections on Orange Day

As the Orange Day celebrations passed off without much incident in the North of Ireland, an unprecedented event happened “in Connaught” as …

A Land Worth Fighting For

This is a land worth fighting for” William of Orange – attrib. “I fought to liberate the Protestants, not oppress the Catholics” …

Village of the Three Generals

St Johnstown, or Ballinalee From where the three generals hail Monroe, Wilson and McEoin Two Scotsmen, one of the Gael. All men …

The Fourth Funnel

Proud men of Belfast built her Rivets driven blow by blow Built with inner savage pride Workers today seldom know… And from …

Those Who Fought on That Side

Many men faught not for Ireland But under another flag And of their deeds our folklore feeds Of them we like to …

Toasting Two Kings

I was at the Aughrim Horse Fair last Sunday, and while viewing all of the horses – and the women! – there, …

The Flag

Poem written when two girls from up Ulster way came to my flat and saw a tricolour in dislay in the corner. …

The Death of Betsy Gray

Oh, Erin mourns a daughter Who was tragically cut away A Scot of Ulster who for Ireland Was killed one fateful day …