Vincent Holmes – Don’t forget you’re Irish

vhVincent Holmes was born in Dublin and has been living in Galway since 1978. He worked for the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for more than 30 years. Vincent earned a Master’s Degree from National University of  Ireland, Galway. Over the years he has written short stories in Irish  that featured on Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Peann agus Pár programme, Comhar the Irish literary magazine and a miscellany  articles to both the Irish Times and Raidió na Gaeltachta. He is the General Administrator and an occasional contributor to The Galway Review.


Don’t forget you’re Irish

(…a poem for St Patrick’s day)

With your mortgage through the ceiling
In negativity equity
With banking gone all pear shaped
And ditto property
Your stocks and shares have tumbled
Your politicians a disgrace
Your wife is drinking porter
And you’re in a desperate place
Don’t forget you’re Irish
And sing ‘twill do, ‘twill do.

When your neighbour
Buys a telly, of quality HD
And his daughter becomes a doctor
With a mighty fine degree
When jealousy n’ begrudgery
Overcome you totally too
Don’t forget you’re Irish
And sing ‘twill do, ‘twill do.

When taxes they are climbing
And your dole is cut in half
And your best friend steals your Mrs
And they run off for a laugh
When you’ve lost your shirt
On horses
And your car’s  a zero-two
Don’t forget you’re Irish
And sing ‘twill do, ‘twill do.

When your teanga’s undervalued
And the kids say  “Tá sé fear”
And copious translations
Continue much to jar
When an Béarla usurps Gaeilge
And cows  only in English “moo”
Don’t forget you’re Irish
And sing ‘twill do, ‘twill do.

Saint Peter’s on his day off
And you’re at the pearly gates
And St. Patrick checks the records
For your eternal fate
Don’t forget He’s Irish
By a little more than half
As he sneaks you  in the back door
Just give a little laugh
And sing ye both in harmony
Without much more ado

Don’t forget you’re Irish
And sing ‘twill do, ‘twill do.

 

 

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