An evacuated Syrian girl looks out of the broken window of a bus.
In this summer heatwave I appreciate the sentiment of Robert Graves, born this day 1895. An English writer, son of an Irish poet of the Gaelic Revival. Robert is best known for his novel “I, Claudius”.
Give us rain; by Robert Graves
‘Give us Rain, Rain,’ said the bean and the pea,
‘Not so much Sun,
Not so much Sun.’
But the Sun smiles bravely and encouragingly,
and no rain falls and no waters run.
‘Give us Peace, Peace,’ said the peoples oppressed,
‘Not so many Flags,
Not so many Flags.’
But the Flags fly and the Drums beat, denying rest,
and the children starve, they shiver in rags.
Brilliant photo which fronts the Nenagh Guardian. You probably have to come from Ireland to get the significance of the All Ireland. One of the classic rivalries plays out this year, Tipperary V Kilkenny. The photo captures the pure drama of the clash.
Tipperary and Kilkenny share a county border and it is along such a border that the greater drama is played out in rampant displays of tribalism. Peer pressure is exerted in communities to get householders to deck out their homes with flags and bunting in their county colours. As you approach a county border the concentration of colours intensifies.
Drive north from Tipperary or south from Kilkenny along the Cork-Dublin road today and you will be able to mark the exact point of the county line. That is the point when the colours of the flags change.
I’m a Dub living in Tipperary with more interest in Rugby. Still, I’d love to see more of this tomorrow……….Come on the Blue and Gold.