My brother heads for Ireland soon

Cork and Kerry way

With two old pals for company

A ten-day holiday


The English Market will be seen

Before they heard out west

And take in the town of Cahirciveen

Then Ballyferriter their nest


And a trip to the Blasket Island

Of ‘Twenty Years a Growing’

The land of dear Peig Sayers

I wish that I were going


But I pointed out a sacred spot

In the town of Cahirciveen

The splendid church yes of course

But it’s a graveyard spot I mean


For here lies Hugh O’Flaherty

Vatican pimpernel

Who led the Nazis a merry dance

As they turned Rome into hell


Six thousand souls he helped to save

And hide before their eyes

A scratch golfer in his early days

But this his greatest prize


I think of gravestones of the war

I see my father’s grave

I salute the lives of every one

They died then trying to save


Salvation is our greatest theme

I preached it when a Red

I understand it better now

Bring back to life what’s dead


And the ultimate salvation

Christ on Calvary

Who died that we might learn to live

His love our liberty


Brian Fahy

27 August 2021

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