Slán Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin

It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Dr. Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin, Senior Lecturer of Early Irish (Sean-Ghaeilge), at the Centre for Irish Cultural Heritage at Maynooth University. Obituaries and remembrances are too formal a way to encapsulate the energies of the person who has passed away. What we may say [...]

“Wraiths III, White Nights” by Seamus Heaney.

Wraiths III.  White Nights   Furrow-plodders in spats and bright-clasped brogues Are cradling bags and hoisting beribboned drones As their skilled neck-pullers' fingers force the chanters   And the whole band starts rehearsing Its stupendous, swaggering march Inside the hall. Meanwhile   One twilight field and summer hedge away We wait for the learner who [...]