The Mermaid in the Hospital by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

The Mermaid in the Hospital   She awoke to find her fishtail clean gone but in the bed with her were two long, cold thingammies. You’d have thought they were tangles of kelp or collops of ham.   ‘They’re no doubt taking the piss, it being New Year’s Eve. Half the staff legless with drink…

An Mhurúch san Ospidéal by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Happy International Women’s Day 2012. The following poem is by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill there is a translation and attribution notice published separately to An Mhurúch san Ospidéal.  An Mhurúch san Ospidéal Dhúisigh sí agus ní raibh a heireaball éisc ann níos mó ach istigh sa leaba léi bhí an dá rud fada fuar seo. Ba dhóigh…

An evening of women’s literature at the Irish Writer’s Centre (06/01/2012)

The Irish Writer’s Centre,  last evening  06/01/2012,  hosted along with Dublin City Council a celebration of women’s poetry, music and literature to mark Oíche Nollaig Na mBan (Women’s Christmas). The event was presented by June Considine. And what a night it was. The event was bi-partite in structure, with readings by three poets and story-tellers to…

‘Geasa’, le Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.

Geasa/The Bond   Má chuirim aon lámh ar an dtearmann beannaithe, má thógaim droichead thar an abhainn, gach a mbíonn tógtha isló ages na ceardaithe bíonn sé leagtha ar maidin romham.   Tagann  aníos an abhainn istoíche bád is bean ina seasamh  inti. Tá coinneal ar lasadh ina súil is ina lámha. Tá dhá mhaide…