Poem of the Week S01 E39 : For What Died the Sons of Roisin by Luke Kelly, read by Brendan Murran

Luke Kelly’s lament for the unfulfilled dreams of an Irish republic. There has always been much bitterness over the perceived failings of the free state to realise the objectives fought and died for in Easter Week and beyond, but with the recent unveiling of not one, but two Luke Kelly monuments in Dublin City, the poem is as relevant now as it has ever been. Delivered with Luke’s characteristic raw power, his rendition of the poem both terrifies and elates the listener, and such as his talent was, no reading could ever do it justice. However, we were delighted to get local North Dublin resident Brendan Murran for this one, who grew up in Beaumont not far from Luke’s childhood home in Whitehall, and who later went on in his professional life to work with Luke’s brother Jimmy. 

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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.