Poem of the Week S01 E43 : Saint Kevin and the Blackbrid by Seamus Heaney, read by Frank O’Connor

A little known poet (not the revolutionary figure) but a much loved poem. Many people of a certain generation may remember this one as it was a recurrent favourite of primary school syllabuses. You might have guessed from that fact that the poem is what could be called “child friendly”. Rhythmic and playful, it reads like something from Beatrix Potter or Roald Dahl, with a moralising and sagacious sentiment to finish. Read wonderfully by local woman and proud northsider, Siobhan Farrelly. 

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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.