Numerous Dublin Narratives

N’s for narrow Nassau Street, once named for Patrick’s Well,

Where Joyce met Nora Barnacle as she came from Finn’s Hotel.

– Catherine Ann Cullen
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– Siobhán Mc Laughlin


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Head to the National Gallery there you’ll find Jack B Yeat’s easel and smock,

Enjoy the thrill of ‘The Liffey Swim’ as his swimmers surge for the Custom House docks.

– Mary B Shannon
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– Damien Donnelly – poem above and photo below
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Illustration: Maura McDonnell
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N for old Neighbours in my Dublin 8 hood.

Still there, or now dead: all trees in my wood.

– Karen J McDonnell
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– Billy Craven
– Lisa Perkins
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– Marie Studer

N’s for Nora Barnacle muse and wife of James Augustine Aloysius Joyce,

Whose paths crossed on Nassau Street in 1904 and for that we should all rejoice.

– Mary B Shannon – with drawing below
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Photos below – Theresa Donnelly

N is for the old North Strand.

The name reveals it’s reclaimed land.

Where once ships sailed upon the main,

Now you can voyage in a train.

– Catherine Ann Cullen

Author:

Catherine Ann Cullen is the inaugural Poet in Residence at Poetry Ireland for two years from October 2019. She was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in December 2018. She has a PhD from Middlesex University, London, on the influence of ballads on her creative writing. 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) .

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