A Quare Quorum of Qs

Q is in boutiQues, the large and the tiny,

that grace Dublin’s boulevards with all things shiny.

Though shuttered they may be for weeks at a time,

We’ll queue for their riches when Yule bells chime

– Nessa O’Mahony
– Anne Tully Sheridan
– Theresa Donnelly

Remember the Quare Fellas, and the wordsongs they sang: Zozimus, and Behan, and good aul’ Bang Bang.

– Karen J McDonnell
A series of four photos of the letter Q on Dublin signs

You’ll find Adam and Eve’s at 4 Merchant’s Quay,

the Church of the Immaculate Conception,

Where the leading soprano in Joyce’s The Dead

was none other than Julia Morkan.

– Mary B Shannon

On Dublin Quays

bridges breeze




– Marie Studer

Queen Street in Smithfield, near North King’s, no doubt,

‘Tis a quare old republic with royals all about…

– Catherine Ann Cullen
– Maura McDonnell
– Lisa Perkins

From the Quill on the Quays to the Queen’s by the coast

You could quaff pints & quarts, but in Covid, that’s toast

– Catherine Ann Cullen
– Billy Craven


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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