B is for Baile Átha Cliath…

B-low are some of the brilliant ‘B’s in our Alphabet Blitz for the City of Dublin. Bain triail as an #ABCBÁC #ABCDublin!


Two poems by Billy Craven
-Lisa Perkins

B is for Ballymun

Townland of the Scrubs

Home of Ballymun Kickhams, the north side Dubs.

– Richie Keane
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Home of Ballymun Kickhams the north side Dubs.

B for “the Batter” from Peadar Maolros
– Liam Porter

B is for beith,

Gaeilge for birch,

and for Bewley’s lofty clattery café,

back in the day,

frequented most days

by the cream of Dublin’s literati.

– Mary B Shannon

and how my heart aches

for a Bewley’s tea and cakes

– Bill Mc Donnell
– Helen Goodman
– Robin McNamara
Rainy Bridge image and poem below by Maura McDonnell

Crossing a bridge, with

The rush of life underneath,

It’s overwhelming.

– Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan
– Damien Donnelly short poem (above) and three photos (below)
Siobhán Mc Laughlin Poem 1
Siobhán Mc Laughlin Poem 2


Catherine Ann Cullen is the inaugural Poet in Residence at Poetry Ireland since September 2019. She was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in December 2018. She has an M.Phil in Creative Writing from the Oscar Wilde School at Trinity College Dublin and a Creative Writing PhD from Middlesex University. Catherine Ann has published three poetry collections: The Other Now (New and Selected Poems) with Dedalus Press in October 2016; A Bone in My Throat (2007) and Strange Familiar (2013) with Doghouse Books. She is the author of three books for children, The Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat (Little, Brown 2001) and Thirsty Baby (Little, Brown 2003) and All Better! Poems about illness and recovery (Little Island 2019). She is also a scholar of broadside ballads.

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