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Kinvarra Cailíns – 1924

Burren Gentian Photo: Friedrich Böhringer  Wikimedia Commons -
Burren Gentian
Photo: Friedrich Böhringer Wikimedia Commons –

“Black as the storm frown of Cruachan;

glossy as the shimmer of sun-glad Corrib;

trusty as the unclenching granite of Achil’s wave-vexed shore;

beauteous as the dream cailins of Kinvarra!

… In Connacht, some day they will be telling the tale of Grainne’s wondrous courage and tireless arrowy speed.

In Connacht they will twine garlands of bog-flower and shamrogue to deck your silky mane.

“Failte!” they will shout, to greet our return.”

The Catholic Press 30th October, 1924 p 49
Excerpt from Chpt XVII
The Sword of the O’Malleys by Justin Mitchell