Raths on a Roll

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– Siobhán Mc Laughlin (poem above and photo below)
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– Celia De Fréine
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– Celia De Fréine
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– Rita Crampton
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Maura McDonnell
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– Liam Flanagan

R le haghaidh na ráthanna, Ráth Eanaigh nó Ráth Éanna, Ráth Maonais is Ráth Garbh is Ráth Cúil mar an gcéanna.

– Catherine Ann Cullen
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  • – photo by Theresa Donnelly

R is for RDS

On the grounds of the RDS swing boat buttocks pulse signals

to horses geldings and mares, excusing the odd flip of a tail.

– Marie Studer

R’s for the Red Cow Roundabout, our own spaghetti junction,

An AA roadwatch regular, if rail or roads malfunction.

– Catherine Ann Cullen
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– Nuala Roche
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R is for Rialto

Grand canal village view,

Butcher and Baker and boulangerie too.

– Richie Keane

R is Robert Emmet

They took him in his pj’s

From the house beside the bridge

He was tried, a rebel died

2020 the swans sail nonchalently by.


– Kathryn O’Boyle 

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– Lisa Perkins
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– Billy Craven

Did you ever jingle jangle al-

long the banks of the Royal Canal?

– Karen J McDonnell

Upon the banks of the Royal Canal.

The remnants of what we’ve lost remain along the route;

the swan songs and sentiments the hurling and starving to boot.

– Damien Donnelly (poem and four photos above)

R’s for rattling Ryder’s Row where you can buy a bike,

Then cycle out to Raglan Road where rued romance may strike.

– Catherine Ann Cullen

Author:

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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