Mathew Bridge

Tim Cunningham on Mathew Bridge

The Singers and the Dancers

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(You shall have singing and dancing enough.’ – Sheriff Francis Lloyd, Limerick, 1798)

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Another summer morning on Mathew Bridge,

Another thrush trilling her repertoire

And the same sun dancing on the Shannon

As it surges towards the sea.

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A different tune those centuries ago

When singing was the screech of men

Torn by lash, and dancing

Was their dangling from the lantern hoops.

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Now another evening on Mathew Bridge,

Another sparrow chirping on the telegraph wire

And the same moon dancing on the Shannon

As it surges towards the sea.

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– Tim Cunningham

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