Poem of the Week S01 E30 : To a Shade, by WB Yeats. Read by Ciaran Murray.

One of my favourite chats of the series. Ciaran Murray, one third of the world famous Come Here To Me! history blog joined me in studio to remember the official consecration and opening of one of Ireland’s most famous cemetery’s, Glasnevin. Also in our thoughts was Shane Mac Thomais, the  much loved and recently departed historian in residence of Glasnevin, who himself, beneath the silent green lawns, there now takes his rest . Ciaran’s choice of poem was doubly poignant in this sense. Yeats’ great poem commemorates Parnell who, as you may know, is one of Glasnevin’s more famous residents. However, now the poem has another, nmore intimate connection with the cemetery. Inscribed on Mac Thomais’ headstone, To a Shade’s final lines would bring a lump to even the most ossified of throats.

Go, unquiet wanderer,
And gather the Glasnevin coverlet
About your head…

For this and for more fascinating history of Glasnevin, listen back!


Poem of the Week invites you to listen to contributors recite some of their favorite poems and talk about what these poems mean to them. Presented by Morgan O’Reilly, this podcast series, originally broadcast on Near FM 2017/18, features some of Ireland’s most exciting new voices such as Jessica Traynor, Kate Dempsey, Kenneth Nolan and Alan Jude Moore alongside local people and community activists from the North Dublin area, this series offers a unique and diverse range of contributors.