Where Do You Come From?

The river and the fire

The life lines of life

The water in the river

The turf fire burning bright

The mainstay of existence

Our sustenance and warmth

Water from the river

The fire in the hearth


The river is still running

But the fire has long since died

My mother’s home in Erris

My heritage my pride

When people ask my origins

I am more than proud to say

My family came from Erris

A place far far away


The furthest edge of Europe

A corner of the coast

Where cliffs plunge into ocean

Broadhaven is our boast

And Carrowmore is lapping

Beside the boggy shore

And childhood voices echo

Oh gra mo chroi astor


Brian Fahy

3 December 2022

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