A Celebration of Irish Poetry – Podcast

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Welcome to my new podcast, A Celebration of Irish Poetry!

Poetry Day Ireland was celebrated last week on April 30th and it inspired me to look back over some of the poetry I have read and loved, both in my studies and over the years since.

Listen to the podcast below to hear my three favourite poems by Irish writers.

A Constable Calls – Seamus Heaney

This poem is told from a young Heaney’s perspective as a child when an English constable comes to the farm to check his father’s taxes.  It’s a powerful recount of the tension between the Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland during the poet’s childhood.

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Going Home to Mayo, Winter 1949 – Paul Durcan

Another poem presented from the perspective of the poet as a boy; in this Durcan recalls a visit with his father to their family in Mayo and how it offers them respite from their life in Dublin and a chance to reconnect, with the West and with each other.

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A Ballad of Home – Eavan Boland

This poem explores the transition from house to home and the love between the couple that made it so.  I wanted to include a poem of Boland’s after I was saddened to hear of her passing last week on April 27th.  She was one of our finest poets and I hope you enjoy this poem.


I hope you enjoyed listening to this podcast, let me know if you did and head over to the Silver Linings Facebook group to share some of your favourites!