[ Photo Blog #54 ]
One of the highlights of my visit to the South West of Ireland in 2003 was a tour by horse-drawn Jaunting (or jaunty) Car of Killarney’s Muckross House and gardens and of the world famous Killarney National Park and its lakes and mountains.
Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is a beautiful city. It is an absolute delight to wander around the lush green parks and open spaces, especially on a sunny afternoon. My first visit, many years ago, was in torrential rain. A lorry driver who generously gave a lift, southwards from the city, to two itinerant hitch-hikers, welcomed us with the comment, “Ireland is beautiful – just needs a bloody great umbrella over it”. My second and third visits were in delightful sunshine which showed off the city’s exquisite Georgian architecture and its many monuments and statues to great advantage. I add below a gallery of photographs taken during my last visit in 2010 …
If you ever go across the sea to Eire,
You will love it and be glad that you have been.
I can recommend you travel south to Kerry,
Then you will see the sights that I have seen.
You certainly should try the Ring of Kerry,
Just to watch the sun go down over the sea.
The beauty of its coastline is amazing,
No better in the world you will agree.
You can take a jaunty car out from Killarney,
Visit Muckross House, Ross Castle and Moll’s Gap.
You won’t find better views elsewhere in Ireland
However much you scour an Irish map.
You may even meet a travelling musician
Playing his squeeze box to the listening crowd.
He sings of love with lots of Irish blarney,
With wit he shares his history out loud.
At Beenarourke you’ll find Our Lady watching;
She silently observes the passers-by.
The circling helicopter keeps a lookout,
This Trinity enhance their Irish sky.
If you ever go across the sea to Ireland,
Then maybe at the closing of your day,
You can sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh,
And see the sun go down on Galway Bay.
And if there’s gonna be a life here after,
And faith somehow I’m sure there’s gonna be,
I will ask my God to let me make my Heaven,
In that dear land across the Irish sea.
|jaunty car – an open two-wheeled one-horse cart formerly widely used in Ireland|
suicide on a whim
is not unheard of
but few such perpetrators
live to tell the tale
rescued from his indecision
by the Gardai
lived through his trauma
sweet Liffey run softly
while I tell the story
distraught by his
and the drinking
his only way to a conclusion
seemed to him to be
that he wanted to die
in a single moment of wavering
he had jumped
just fell perhaps
but the fear
and the cold water
soon hit him
than the twenty foot drop
an instinctive cry
you could call it
a change of mind
his cry for help
was a second thought
an unintended consequence
of his half-hearted conviction
and now he was held
grasped in a rescue bid
but did he wish to be salvaged
to be pleaded with
would that bring him
the closure he craved
he could not let go
his passport to life
a life he did not desire
could he bear to go there
victim to more pain
to yet more anguish
but temporary chagrin
is no killer
his cri de coeur
is it heads or tails
is it stay or go
is life’s hurt
greater than death’s pain
is future shame
worse than eternity’s
we will never know
he is still amongst us
a suitor for attention
defaulting on his debts
not stopping at three pints
one of life’s
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