St Patrick's Day

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I wanted to write about St Patrick's Day. This is the result.

Submitted: March 17, 2017

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Submitted: March 17, 2017



Here's to everything Irish

It's the seventeenth day of March

On St Patrick's day everybody has

A bit of Irish blood in their hearts.


My grandad taught me Gaelic

The words for hello and goodbye

At this time of year I think of him

And raise my glass to the sky.


He spoke of the old Irish singers

And of the ballads that they sang

Sad tales of life, love and loss

Delivered in a thick Dublin twang.


He would talk of Ireland being heaven

But England was his home

The Dubliner stayed in Salford

Now that his family were grown.


He used to celebrate St Patrick’s

With a shamrock upon his lapel

He’d regale us with songs and stories

Of the town he loved so well.


He introduced me to Irish writers

With their poetic Celtic voice

I'm moved to tears and laughter by

Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle and James Joyce.


I started writing this poem about Ireland

And ended up writing about him

He’d be almost a hundred next month

Rest in peace, Criostoir O’Broin.

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