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Posts tagged as “2019October”

Lament for Áirt Uí Laoire

In August of  1969 I was driving across Ireland with the late Bearnard Ó Riain, the older brother of a good friend of mine, the late Dinno Ryan. Most of my old friends are now…

The Confidence Man

‘I say the word ‘forever’ less and less, the more I understand it.’ It’s a good line. I might get it tattooed on my chest. Or carved on my tombstone. During the heatwaves and increased…

Himself and the Bicycle

Sure, he was only a little lad of 4ft 10ins. Little Paddy, I called him. He was eighty-two-years-old when I was twelve-years-old, but he was great craic. Little Paddy was a bogman. He lived in…

The Andersons

The cacophony of the city took on a new chorus when the construction of a new corporate imprint on the London skyline began. The whining of earth chewing machines carving out the footing for the…

Poetry – Ben Keatinge

Black Vulture You loom at Madzharovo then at Bosilovo roost at Kalanjevo.                                                          Black pilgrim cowl of the air crossing these skies, come, we are prone and torn, numbed, expecting your news. Cormorants at Dojran…