The winner of in the Galway County category of ‘A Poem for Ireland’ competition 2016 was Megan Milne-Thompson from Mercy Secondary, Woodford. Megan is picture here with Eleanor Farrell of Woodford Library and Peter Rabbitt, County Librarian in Portumna Library 4 May 2016.
100 years to the day on the execution of Joseph Plunkett.
Ten Minutes in Kilmainham Jail
I’m no blushing bride on her wedding day,
No entourage follows me on my way,
To Kilmainham jail I go today
There’s the gate and here’s the stairs,
Echoing around me all the prayers,
Passing all the silent lairs
I enter the church and there he stands,
Now, at last we may join hands,
We kneel, we pray, we place the bands.
Now we are joined after so much strife,
Now at last we’re man and wife,
Ten minutes long is our married bliss,
I wish it was more than this
With the rising of the sun,
All there’s left to say is;
“It’s all done”
It’s all over, the struggle, the rising,
And out there my love lies dying,
So it all ends with a red sun rising.
Now more than us place the band,
More than us walk hand in hand,
Woman and woman,
Man and man,
That’s why I proudly stand,
Under our national waving Brand.
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