Children Of Mayo

Imelda Mary PhilomenaBernadette StauntonTake a bowBellavary and BoholaIn your genesYour mammy played accordion by earAnd you a star of TV stage and screen Julie WaltersGreat character on screenUnforgettable as Mrs OverallYour mammy too from MayoHer mum did not approveHer daughter marrying a man in overalls! Steven ManganFine and handsome manA photo at a dance inContinue reading “Children Of Mayo”

Blue Grass

I’ve bumped into the PetersensBlue Grass singing folkA family group from Branson in MissouriFiddle guitar and banjoDouble bass by Ma’Mandolin I couldn’t bide no hurry Read about that Blue GrassIt’s Hill-Billy styleKentucky is its homeWest VirginiaIn mountain country placesYou’ve got to play a tuneSingin’ and dancin’ yodellin’And howling at the moon It’s brilliant I loveContinue reading “Blue Grass”


In later yearsWe stayed in Sarah’s houseFull board and lodgingEntertainment Boxty on demandPolitics discussedThe singing of the SongGlencullensideDebates like the Oxford UnionComical asidesA running commentaryOn the world’s affairs Sarah knew a thing or twoAnd what she didn’t knowShe’d get by strong enquiry you seeConversation was her educationAnd she was educated to a high degree NoContinue reading “Sarah”

Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart Church A rubble sandstone churchA listed buildingBuilt by Edmund Kirby, LiverpoolStained glass by MayerGermanySits on Tyldesley RoadNow unused Centre of a thrivingIrish parishImmigrants for coalminesAnd for millsSchool beside itChildren happy playingNow exposed to winterAnd its chills Parish houseAlso rubble sandstoneA cosy home for meOne summer timeHome from RomeI guarded the estateEven thenA parishContinue reading “Sacred Heart Church”

High Rise in Glencullen

There are no skyscrapers hereI said to Uncle HughWe stood outside his houseOne summer’s nightWe looked around the valleyAs quiet as could beA pleasant eveningAnd a peaceful sight All his life Hugh lived hereIn this glenHe worked its soilAnd reared a familyNot for himThe mills and mines of LancashireOr the choices that AmericaMight be IContinue reading “High Rise in Glencullen”