An Afterglow: A Gallery of Connemara Poems cover


An Orchid in Connemara


Walking on Sunday

Turf Boats



12 Bens Panorama

Glassilaun Beach


Towards Doon Hill

Tom French

from In the Night Garden


An Orchid in Connemara


In Barra de Bhaldraithe's one rushy acre,

back from the road where he planted saplings

and close to the butter well at the very centre,

the magairlín meidhreach continues to prosper.

He does not know the name it has in books

but thinks it good the ancient name persists.

He calls it by the name got from his neighbour.

The magairlín meidhreach is 'the happy bollocks'.


(The Fire Step, 2009)