April A to Z: D is for Dublin


By Niall McArdle

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Today’s A to Z blogger of note is A to Z co-host Arlee Post

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter D

D is for Dublin

download (5)Regular fluffsters know how fond I am of the old hometown, in spite of – or maybe because of – the unique aroma of Dublin Bay.

I encourage you all to go there, and while there to drop in to my sister’s place, Toffoli, and to the truly wonderful Irish Architectural Archive.

 

Dublin Made Me by Donagh MacDonagh

Dublin made me and no little town
With the country closing in on its streets
The cattle walking proudly on its pavements
The jobbers, the gombeenmen and the cheats

Devouring the fair-day between them
A public-house to half a hundred men
And the teacher, the solicitor and the bank-clerk
In the hotel bar drinking for ten.

Dublin made me, not the secret poteen still
The raw and hungry hills of the West
The lean road flung over profitless bog
Where only a snipe could nest

Where the sea takes its tithe of every boat.
Bawneen and currach have no allegiance of mine,
Nor the cute self-deceiving talkers of the South
Who look to the East for a sign.

The soft and dreary midlands with their tame canals
Wallow between sea and sea, remote from adventure
And Northward a far and fortified province
Crouches under the lash of arid censure.

I disclaim all fertile meadows, all tilled land
The evil that grows from it and the good,
But the Dublin of old statutes, this arrogant city
Stirs proudly and secretly in my blood.

 

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