Selected Strands and Streets and Steeples

Saints and Steeples

Shout out for the steeples named after the saints

who entice and survive despite the constraints.

A canon that includes: St. Patrick’s, St. Catherine’s too

St. Ann’s and St. James’s, quite close to the zoo.

– Marie Studer
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– Siobhán Mc Laughlin
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– Siobhan Mc Laughlin
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– Siobh,an Mc Laughlin

S is for shooting for St Stephen’s Green

Where suffragettes stepped up in 1916

– Catherine Ann Cullen
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– Maura McDonnell
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– Theresa Donnelly

On Sandymount Strand with his hands in his pockets,

Stephen sinks slowly in newly-soaked sockets.

Should he skirt Strasburg Terrace, or stop by Aunt Sara,

Or stroll to infinity on Dublin’s Sahara?

– Catherine Ann Cullen

Opposite Shaw’s small Synge Street house with its bright blue door

there’s street art by the artist Fink,

His blue mural of Shaw, author of many plays

is a study of him as he thinks.

– Mary B Shannon

Here in the city of Sinead

Here on the sacred sidewalk of Ireland

I know where I am smoking cigarettes

In the infinite Dublin the magnet for poets

– Arjuna Cecchetti
A rhyme about Skerries, a north Dublin seaside town, by Áine Hayden, for the crowd-sourced rhyming alphabet of Dublin curated by Poetry Ireland Poet in Residence Catherine Ann Cullen.
– Áine Hayden
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– Lisa Perkins
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Suesey Street, on the strip, one of Leeson St’s glories

Where socialites sipped & swapped scandalous stories 

– Catherine Ann Cullen
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– Billy Craven
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– Damien Donnelly
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– Damien Donnelly
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– Damien Donnelly
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– Damien Donnelly

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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