About the poet
Patrick Kavanagh (1904-67) is one of Ireland's best-loved poets: when the Irish Times compiled a...
I have lived in important places, times
When great events were decided, who owned
That half a rood of rock, a no-man's land
Surrounded by our pitchfork-armed claims.
I heard the Duffys shouting "Damn your soul"
And old McCabe stripped to the waist, seen
Step the plot defying blue cast-steel -
"Here is the march along these iron stones".
That was the year of the Munich bother. Which
Was most important? I inclined
To lose my faith in Ballyrush and Gortin
Till Homer's ghost came whispering to my mind.
He said: I made the Iliad from such
A local row. Gods make their own importance.
from Collected Poems (Allen Lane, 2004), by permission of the Jonathan Williams Literary Agency for the Estate. Recordings used by permission of Claddagh Records.