Patrick Devaney – Student

patrick croppedPatrick Devaney has published four novels for teenagers: Rua the Red Grouse (Kildanore), The Stranger and the Pooka (Mentor Press), The Psychic Edge (Mentor Press), Tribal Scars (Mentor Press), and three novels for adults: Through the Gate of Ivory (Lilliput Press), Úna Bhán: Flaxen-Haired Rebel (Nelson Productions) and Romancing Charlotte, written under the pen name Colin Scott, (Author House). His poems have appeared in many literary magazines such as Revival, Boyne Berries, Crannóg and Skylight 47. He is now living with his wife in County Cavan.


Student

After Hydraulics and Maths-Physics
and stressful study in the Aula
Galway was Hy-Brasil:
Ó Conaire musing in Eyre Square,
An Silín Gort in the Taibhdhearc,
Walter Macken’s ‘Mungo’s Mansion’
set in narrow Buttermilk Lane,
or better still his well-wrought novel:
‘Rain on the Wind’,
about a fisherman from the Claddagh,
then a thatched-house baile beag,
my landlady’s fine old uncle
reciting Anach Cuain by heart,
Connemara Gaeilgeoirs in The Hangar,
a night of dancing dreams in Seapoint,
exchanging smiles in Lydon’s café,
shared laughter at Danny Kaye’s antics
viewed from the Astoria’s balcony,
a car jaunt to half-wild Iarconnacht,
rowing up to Menlo castle
to jump in joy across stray boulders,
swimming at Blackrock and The Silver Strand,
or cycling in autumn out to Carraroe
hoping for a hooker trip to Aran.
Oh, I was always on the lookout
for what would stop Hy-Brasil
dissolving into afterglow.

 

 

 

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