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    Quote Originally Posted by Round tower View Post
    Watching the news this evening how bad the grave looked, a wooden cross and a couple of stones on the grave, may be that is the way he wanted it, i would have expected a headstone and some of his poetry written on it as a epitaph.
    No one cares anymore who you were it seems ! even be it that great poet/writer or singer but I would still love to own a house on Raglan Rd or Waterloo Rd any day !
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    Quote Originally Posted by greagh View Post
    A great dark poem about unrequited love, which brought out one of the greatest vocal performances from Luke Kelly.
    It's brilliant (both poem, and rendition of it), made me wonder what other great poems I'd failed to appreciate, just because they weren't vocalised by someone like Luke Kelly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsonlyme View Post
    No one cares anymore who you were it seems ! even be it that great poet/writer or singer but I would still love to own a house on Raglan Rd or Waterloo Rd any day !
    Maybe you'll have to settle for a humble downsizer

    https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-...495m-1.3306876
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    Kavanagh survived 12 years after a lung cancer diagnosis. You'd be doing well to manage that today and he didn't exactly take care of himself. If it was a malignant tumor, he was remarkably lucky to have it diagnosed at such an early stage.
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    A superb poet, I loved reading his stuff for the LC!
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    Quote Originally Posted by General Urko View Post
    A superb poet, I loved reading his stuff for the LC!

    Aye, Paddy was a Poet despite himself, as many of the best Poets are.
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    An awful pity, he never got the Nobel Prize for Literature, but given that he was unofficially barred from The Aras after turning up there with a hole in his jumper, (even great contemporary poet, Kevin Higgins, wouldn't do that), he wouldn't have fitted in there with the pompous AHs!
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    Did Seamus Heaney give the graveside oration, I heard once that he did?
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    Quote Originally Posted by General Urko View Post
    A superb poet, I loved reading his stuff for the LC!
    Whenever I rebound from some crisis, 'Canal Bank Walk' comes to mind: such a natural-looking expression of gratitude and joy and in sonnet form too. Just brilliant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Voice View Post
    EPIC

    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.
    1938
    One of the great modern sonnets, by anyone, anywhere. A model for teaching "half-rhymes".

    As a TCD students I used to poke a way into McDaids in Harry Street, in hope of spotting Paddy. Occasionally I'd even caught him half-sober.

    That, of course, was the "old" pre-gentrified McDaids, when the bar was the other way round and the "water" level in the basement jakes would rise as the evening progressed.
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