Best of Irish Poetry 2009
Best of Irish Poetry 2010

Editor: Matthew Sweeney



Songs of Earth and Light

Songs of Earth and Light
Barbara Korun poems translated by Theo Dorgan



Done Dating DJs
Done Dating DJs
by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
Winner, 2008 Fool for Poetry Competition




Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
Edited and translated by Aidan Hayes





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Donal O'Driscoll

Donal O' Driscoll is a native of Clonakilty. His one man show 'Life Love and GAA' was used as a fundraiser for the Cork Mental Health Foundation in 2011 and was also part of Culture Night in the same year. As well as theatre, poetry and fiction, he has also been a frequent contributor to paper and online publications. Currently, his periodic column 'Diary of a Cork Football Fan' can be found on the Cork Independent website. He has also contributed to Tuppenceworth.ie and wrote regularly while studying at UL for the college publication, 'An Focal'. While still a teenager he received a number of awards for essay writing, including being one of four winners of the 'Michael Sweetman Educational Trust' National Essay Competition in 2000 which was sponsored by the European Movement. In the same year, he also came highly commended in the 'Student Journalist of the Year' competition. Donal currently works with Cork City Libraries.




Bread and Butter Sandwiches

Connolly Contented





Bread and Butter Sandwiches


Your fingers tap frantically,

‘after the ball is over’,

you sing with closed eyes

‘just at the break of dawn’,

your tapping continues

entrancing me as I sit beside you

eating bread and butter sandwiches,

wishing that you could stay.







Connolly Contented


James Connolly watches from over my bed,

his pastel coloured face looks contented.

As I look up at him I wonder why?

What did he have to be so contented about?

He who lived in abject poverty,

suffered terrible loss

and died tied to a chair.

He told us once that to change the flag

that flies over Dublin Castle

would not change anything.

Now as I watch the news,

about bailouts and austerity

I realise why he smiles at me.

He’s contented because he was right.



©2012 Donal O'Driscoll



Author Links


Diary of a Cork football fan in the Cork Independant

O'Driscoll's articles in Tuppenceworth.ie






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