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Erris Poetry is a poetry and essay site of Brian Fahy, a Lancashire man of Mayo lineage, who spent all his summers in Erris and Westport, County Mayo, and who now resides in the beautiful city of Stirling, in Scotland.

Latest Poems

Holocaust Memorial Day

It is awful to think That we can be so cruel The slaughter of the innocent The death camps The deadly duel   The Lord knew from the very start How cruel we can be And warned against all violence Solves nothing don’t you see   How then to engage the world How to solve…

Via Crucis

  I think you’ll go to heaven When you’re seventy-seven My grandson said to me I’m seventy-six I haven’t got much time!   Lucas is five The age for asking questions Death and heaven are on his list just now But I hope to prove him wrong And keep singing my own song Every day…

Steaming North

  A steam train took me north Away from home Seventeen years I was Scarcely grown Chris joined us at Carlisle And joked as was his style About haystacks As native settlements   Late afternoon We pulled into Stirling station A semi circular kiosk laid out there I thought it homely cosy Welcoming And what…

Brian Fahy lives in Stirling, Scotland. He grew up in Tyldesley, near Manchester, then a coal mining town. His father and grandfather were miners. His mother was from Erris in County Mayo and summer holidays were spent in the west of Ireland. His father’s people were also Irish with Mayo, Sligo and Monaghan connections. His father saw service in the British army for six years followed by six more years of war: North Africa, Normandy and the advance into Germany. Brian is now retired and enjoys writing verse to recapture old memories and share stories.

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