Holidaying in the West of Ireland can be an "interesting" experience as anyone who has visited there can confirm. Definately a "4 seasons in one day" adventure! Kilkee is in County Clare.

From George’s head to the Pollock holes

The wind blows hard and the water rolls

People struggle up the strand

Raincoats on, umbrellas in hand

Hats fly off across the beach

Always blowing out of reach

Hardy swimmers brave the sea

As darkness falls at ten past three

Across the sky thunder crashes

Out over the bay lightning flashes

Torrential rain rips thru’ the air

Girls try in vain to save their hair

All run like mad in search of cover

A distraught babe wails for his mother

Beach now deserted, sad, forlorn

Windbreaks abandoned, tattered, torn

Is this some freak storm from o’er the sea?

No, its just summer in Kilkee!

Submitted: September 30, 2006

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Excellent meter and rhyme. Ireland is one place I've yet to go and really hope to get there one day. Your imagery is beautiful .

Fri, December 1st, 2006 4:21am


Thanks for reading and you comments violet

Fri, December 1st, 2006 2:42am


Beautifully evoked, great rhythm and excellent rhyming. Actually feels like the rhythm of walking round Kilkee on such a day! That mix between getting out for a walk, and wanting to get back into the warmth as soon as possible! Really enjoyed it, thanks.

Thu, March 22nd, 2007 1:38am


Thanks for your positive comments bren.

Thu, March 22nd, 2007 3:28am

Kilkee Moments


We are publishing a new book on Kilkee this summer called "Kilkee Moments" and it is for a charitable organisation called The Kilkee Marine Rescue Service, it is mainly photographic. We are wondering if you woulld mind if we published your poem in our book? More details can be found on our website or our facebook page, also called "Kilkee Moments", we will look forward to your response!
Kind Regards

Sun, March 11th, 2012 12:52pm


I would be delighted if you would include my poem!I love kilkee and will be spending many more days there soon

Mon, March 12th, 2012 7:13am

Kilkee Moments

That's fantastic, thanks! Would you like to be accredited as Mr Benn, please contact us at if you wish to be accredited otherwise? Thanks again!

Thu, March 15th, 2012 11:19pm


If you could include my name, Jamie McGowan, I would be delighted. Really looking forward to seeing the book. Kilkee is a brilliant place. My wifes family have been spending summers ther since her mother was a toddler so going on 70+ years.

Sat, March 17th, 2012 2:26am

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