A Host of Happening Hs

– Robin McNamara

H is for John Nolan’s Ha’penny Bridge captured in crepuscular light,

His painting pays homage to Vincent Van Gogh of a starry Dublin night.

– Mary B Shannon

Ha’Penny Bridge is a fridge

Frozen hands in the pockets

And our lifes in the sockets…

– Arjuna Cecchetti

H for the Happy Ring House, before you hear the bells,

Have hens and stags and getting hitched and honeymoon hotels

– Catherine Ann Cullen
– Lisa Perkins
– Billy Craven
Peadar Maolros on Heuston Station

Hill 16, awash with sky blue, a majestic sight

Voices in full cry, tribe in unison, collective might.

Bullet proof banter, camaraderie, On The Hill

A mighty surge, Up The Dubs, what a thrill.

– Stephen J Bolger

Holles Street Hospital, where humans are hatched,

Held tightly and hugged till they’re hugely attached.

– Catherine Ann Cullen

H Is for Holles Street National Maternity Hospital

Historic first stop for baby girls and boys

And Ireland’s first woman Master.

– Marie Studer
– Damien Donnelly, poem above and three photos below

H for Howth Harbour and a hike up the Hill,

It’s hearty and healthy and heavenly still.

– Catherine Ann Cullen



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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