A Yard of Yeatses, Yellows and Yuppies

Y is for AnnesleY and MarY’s Abbey and SYnnott,

and the yard that you get up, if your heart’s not in it. (ahem)

– Nessa O’Mahony
– Theresa Donnelly

William Butler Yeats was born in Sandymount, Dublin in 1865,

Co-founder of The Abbey Theatre, and recipient of a Nobel Prize.

– Mary B Shannon
Catherine Ann Cullen

Yippee for the Yeatses, those dreamers and yearners,

Nobel and Olympian accolade earners,

Yell for Yin, yell for Yang, yell for Lolly and Lily,

Whose Dun Emer Press printed Jack B and Willie.

– Catherine Ann Cullen
Catherine Ann Cullen

Y is for Yellow wildflowers that just want to grow

Dandelions and buttercups it’s best not to mow

Nectar and pollen to attract a buzzing workload

And Dublin’s reward, many Yellow Brick Roads.

– Marie Studer
Catherine Ann Cullen

Y is for the Yellow House, it’s there two hundred years,

Served Young and older Irelanders with yummy food and beers.

– Catherine Ann Cullen
– Catherine Ann Cullen

The most famous Yes ever uttered

was by Molly. Yes. Short and sweet.

And critics have ever since muttered

about where she yessed

in Clanbrassil Street.

– Karen J McDonnell
– Catherine Ann Cullen
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– Lisa Perkins
– Billy Craven
– 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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