An Oscar of Our Own – and Others

D’Olier Street

D’Olier Street is always a tongue twister –

is it ‘Doll-e-eay’ or ‘Dollier’? A French fluster?

No. Think quick thick Dublin accent –

just ‘D’leer’, rhyming with cheer.

– Siobhán Mc Laughlin

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Cross the Liffey via O’Connell Street bridge to explore Dublin’s longest thoroughfare,

See Ard-Ofig an Phoist – the GPO and take an historical tour when you’re there.

– Mary B Shannon
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O for O’Connell, the old liberator,

Whose bridge is Outstanding, whose street could be greater.

– Catherine Ann Cullen
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Daniel O’Connell, his name carried on the capital’s main thoroughfare,

He believed conflict should never shed blood; a street that witnessed much sacrifice.

– Marie Studer
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– Robin McNamara
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– Billy Craven
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– Theresa Donnelly
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– Lisa Perkins
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Damien Donnelly – poem above and two photos below
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Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde poet and author of The Picture of Dorian Grey,

Born in 1854 at 21 Westland Row, round the corner from 1 Merrion Square.

– Mary B Shannon
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O is for Oxmantown where Olaf once traded, 

Where Vikings were sent when the Normans invaded.

– 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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