Ireland Forever

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As we approach St. Patrick's Day,  it's important for us to remember that everybody loves an Irishman because an Irishman loves everybody.

Name three awesome Irish things.  I'll start:

1. Pints of Guinness lined up on the bar.

2.  The Rock of Cashel.

3.  The final paragraph of Joyce's "The Dead."
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2. Potatoes

3. Green
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BOGLAND
for T. P. Flanagan


We have no prairies
To slice a big sun at evening—
Everywhere the eye concedes to
Encroaching horizon,


Is wooed into the cyclops’ eye
Of a tarn. Our unfenced country
Is bog that keeps crusting
Between the sights of the sun.


They’ve taken the skeleton
Of the Great Irish Elk
Out of the peat, set it up
An astounding crate full of air.


Butter sunk under
More than a hundred years
Was recovered salty and white.
The ground itself is kind, black butter


Melting and opening underfoot,
Missing its last definition
By millions of years.
They’ll never dig coal here,


Only the waterlogged trunks
Of great firs, soft as pulp.
Our pioneers keep striking
Inwards and downwards,


Every layer they strip
Seems camped on before.
The bogholes might be Atlantic seepage.
The wet centre is bottomless.

-Seamus Heaney