A Throng of Temples, Theatres, Towers

– Robin McNamara

The time has come to think up a poem … that’s fit for the T in the very fine tome… from Tallaght to town feel free to roam … before telling it all to @tarryathome

– Kate Kavanagh
A rhyme about the Temple Bar area of Dublin City submitted by Lisa Perkins for the #ABCDublin project for a rhyming alphabet for the city of Dublin. The project is curated by Poetry Ireland Poet in Residence Catherine Ann Cullen.
– Lisa Perkins

T is for Temple Street Children’s Hospital

whose staff know how to be a best pal.

Treating everything from head to toe

and, tickles for teddy bears who feel a bit low.

– Marie Studer

Tempted to try this Thursday the thirteenth teaser

– though truthfully ‘‘twas tougher to think thematically –

than the tempting tongue twisting Twitter troll tone talents

that teach truly traditional technical themes throughout

Trinity’s tremendously travelled tribe

– Dolores Heery

– Billy Craven
– Theresa Donnelly
– Damien Donnelly
– Damien Donnelly

T for the Tivoli Theatre, where troopers trod the boards –

From the Tenters up to Thomas St, the tickets sold in hordes.

– Catherine Ann Cullen

Daniel O’Connell’s round tower soars high over Glasnevin, Its wrought iron spiral staircase rises up to the heavens.

– Mary B Shannon
– Mary B Shannon

Trees I remember from old Dublin town:

Fitzwilliam laburnum, beeches, & lime,

Baggot St cherry trees – every one down,

Grand Canal bank whitethorn in the Maytime.

– Karen J McDonnell

T is for Trinity College, where “ologies” are taught,

And tours take in the Book of Kells, with each page richly wrought.

– Catherine Ann Cullen


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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