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  • .

    . On Lifestyle, Arts

    & Entertainment

    Issue 2

    April 2016

  • 2

    EXHIBITION

    THEY DREAMED AND ARE DEAD: LIMERICK 1916

    15th March - 31st October 2016

    Limerick Museum, Istabraq Hall, City Hall, Merchants' Quay, Limerick

    It is a bit tricky to find - but it is a very enjoyable exhibit. The Limerick Lace

    exhibition is held in the same room with some beautiful pieces on loan

    including a wedding dress from the Pery Family. Free Entry.

    SAVE THE DATE

    MUSICAL

    ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

    Thursday 28th - Saturday 30th April @ 8pm

    University Concert Hall, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick

    MUSICAL

    FRONTLINE STAGE SCHOOL CAHERDAVIN Sunday 15th May @ 7pm

    Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Courtbrack Avenue,

    Highlights of Riverfest 2016, May Bank Holiday,

    will include the Barringtons Hospital Great

    Limerick Run; Irelands largest barbecue cook-off, the Riverfest BBQ Competition; an

    impressive fireworks display and Riverfest

    Fashion Friday.

    Outdoor Cinema Evenings in the Limerick summer could become a reality.

    The local authority is looking at screening films in the People's Park or the

    Milk Market during the coming months. We will keep you posted.

    EXHIBITION

    Limerick School of Art & Design 19TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION

    Thursday 14th April - Sunday 15th May

    The Hunt Museum, Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick City

  • EDITORIAL

    Grace Galvin

    Loves Musicals

    & Absailing

    Aoife Walshe

    Loves Rugby &

    Monochrome

    Mary Kate OConnor

    Loves Travelling

    & Food

    (preferably together)

    Our amazing contributors :

    Clio Hartnett

    Julie Baker

    Mairead Hannon

    Sophie OCallaghan

    Megan Crowley

    Ciara Deegan

    Email : rogueteenmagazine@gmail.com

    Hello Readers.

    Welcome to the April Issue of Rogue Magazine. This

    months edition is full to bursting with articles on Fashion, Food, Culture, Travel, Poetry, Music, Film,

    Sport & Lifestyle.

    When looking at content for Issue 2, we decided to give

    articles a historical flavour but with a contemporary twist. And this, to me, is the legacy of the Centenary looking at Ireland today through the reflections of the

    past.

    Proclamation for a New Generation was an action learning project which invited all primary and post-primary schools to write a new proclamation for 2016 to

    reflect the values, hopes and aspirations of the

    generation of 2016. This culminated in Proclamation

    Day on March 15th. St. Patricks Day parades celebrated

    the many communities that are integral to the fabric of

    modern Ireland.

    Grace Galvin

    Editor

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  • Along with thousands of

    others, we visited the 1916

    commemorations held in

    Dublin last month - and what

    an incredible display of the

    'Best of Ireland'. Modern story

    telling using cutting edge

    technologies and visual

    displays at its finest.

    As with all things, new visions

    in art, writing and theatre

    come about from reflecting on

    the past.

    One such vision was the

    'Uniformity' exhibition in the

    window of Arnotts

    Department Store on Henry

    Street (just around the corner

    from the GPO on O'Connell

    Street). The exhibit, which

    was created by second year

    fashion design students from

    Griffith College in Dublin,

    showcased modern-day

    outfits inspired by 12 brave

    and spirited Cumann na

    mBan volunteers who played

    a part in the 1916 Rising.

    LIFESTYLE FASHION : 1916 to 2016

    Shaped by History

    by Grace Galvin

  • Student Roisin Bowling drew

    the name of Margaret

    Skinnider out of the hat and

    was quickly smitten by the

    Scot drawn into the Glasgow

    division of Cumann na mBan

    by Countess Markievicz.

    Roisin's fitted dress and coat

    trimmed with a brown leather

    belt are striking and convey

    modernity mixed with

    nostalgia. When you look at it

    in the window however, it is

    the hole in the middle that

    attracts your attention.

    Reading the bio by the stand

    the designer explains

    "Margaret Skinnider was shot

    three times in the shoulder on

    April 26 as she was leading an

    arson attack on Harcourt

    Street. I incorporated

    traditional elements of the

    Cumann na mBan uniform and

    coupled it with a strong

    contemporary silhouette.

    Margaret's uniform was cut in

    half to treat her wounds.

    This imagery inspired my

    ideas of separating the uniform

    to display her wound as a

    badge of honour".

    LIFESTYLE

    Margaret Skinnider

    28 May 1892 10 Oct 1971 Revolutionary and feminist. Born in Coatbridge, Scotland.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The second new design vision

    comes, not from war, but from

    weddings.

    Castletownbere woman,

    Caoimhe Keane, took the

    Easter 1916 nostalgia and

    created something new.

    This ivory tulle dress has hand-

    embellished lace and

    embroidery work with a blush

    slip, long sleeves and a puddle

    train. The veil was an important

    accessory of the time - worn like

    a long mantle and held in place

    with a crochet or beadwork

    headpiece.

  • It is interesting to compare the modern gown with

    old wedding photographs taken from the 1916 era.

    One such photograph comes from an eminent

    Limerick family, the O'Mara's.

    This 1910 photograph was taken on the wedding of

    their daughter, Nell, to Jim Sullivan. He was 40 and

    she was 28 when they married.

    The family lived in Strand House on North Strand

    (now O'Callaghan Strand) where the Strand Hotel

    now stands.

    The society style of the day can be seen in the

    dresses of Nells sister, Mary (right-side of the door) and sister in law Agnes (to the right of Mary).

    Thankfully the hats never came back into fashion!

    LIFESTYLE

    7

    Nell O'Mara's wedding,

    Strand House,

    Limerick.

    Nell O'Mara,

    Norrie O'Mara,

    Mother Ellen,

    Mary O'Mara,

    Agnes Cashel.

    At front: Kat O'Mara.

    Rogue Magazine

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    CULTURE : Kathleens Story

    by Mairead Hannon

    LIFESTYLE

    A biography of an extremely important Limerick woman who went through heart break and sorrow all for the cause of a free country.

    Kathleen Clarke ne Daly was

    born in 1878 in Limerick.

    She married Thomas Clarke and

    subsequently moved to New

    York.

    The Clarke family moved back to

    Dublin in November 1907 so that

    Tom could help reinvigorate the

    IRB. The tobacconist shop they

    opened in Dublin became a front

    for IRB activities.

    Kathleen was such an intricate

    part of the planning for the Easter

    Rising in 1916, that the IRB

    entrusted her with rebuilding the

    organisation if the Rising failed.

    After the surrender of the Volunteers on 29 April, Kathleens husband, Thomas, and brother, Edward Daly, were arrested, tried, and sentenced to

    be executed. She visited them at Kilmainham Gaol before their executions.

    The stress and sorrow led to her miscarriage of the child she was carrying a

    few weeks later.

    After the Rising, Kathleen worked with Michael Collins to rebuild the IRB.

    She joined the newly formed Sinn Fin in 1917. She supported anti-treaty

    forces during the subsequent Civil War and, because of these activities,

    was held in Kilmainham Gaol in February 1923.

    After the war she continued her political work, becoming a founding member

    of Fianna Fil in 1926 and Dublins first female Lord Mayor in 1939.

  • LIFESTYLE FASHION : Spring to Summer 16

    by Julie Baker

    .

    Crisp and Fresh Women's spring porcelain shirts were shown off

    by various designers; Zac Posen, Tome, Monse,

    Delpoza and Philip Lim. Each one of these

    designers sporting the classic Oxford style with a

    slight feminine touch. (Using bows and knots)

    Louis Vuitton Armour Louis Vuitton go cyber with a virtual reality

    inspired show using NASA projections and

    Manga inspirations.

    This show took on a slightly different appeal,

    venturing out from their norm. Louis Vuitton used

    the clothing style as a metaphor for armour. They

    demonstrated the edgier style by creating outfits

    which are coded. The look involved leather,

    mesh, metal embroidered skirts etc. Different and

    edgy.

    Spanish Feel Designers such as

    Michael Kors and

    Jonathon Simkhai

    all incorporated

    feels of Spanish

    culture into their

    shows, with bold

    reds and flourishes.

    A white Spanish-like

    cropped off the shoulder

    blouse complimented by

    some dimmed coachella

    pants, set off by a pair of

    wedges can be the

    perfect look for a hotter

    spring day.

    Rogue Magazine

  • LIFESTYLE FOOD : Linnalla Ice Cream

    by Grace Galvin

    In this new section, we showcase a locally produced food product

    pasteurised milk and cream then adding the flavours - and absolutely nothing

    else.

    Linnalla ice creams include mellow Honeycomb Crunch, refreshing

    Strawberry Sensation, Superior Vanilla, Intense Chocolate - living up to it's

    name and to die for - fruity Wild Berry and cool Mint Choc Chip - all

    supremely balanced, creamy and delicious. We can vouch for that since

    we've tried them all! Brd makes her own honeycomb, wild berry purees from

    local fruits, and uses as many other local ingredients as possible, such as

    seasonal apples, rhubarb and hazelnuts.

    Bring on the summer !

    Anyone from The Model School in Limerick remember this brand from our

    Guaranteed Irish exhibition?

    The latest to join Good Food Ireland's ranks is Linnalla Ice Cream, a small

    farmhouse based production on the Co. Clare coastline in the Burren.

    10

    Co-Owner, Brd

    Fahey is

    responsible for

    developing recipes

    and all the

    wonderful flavours

    flavours using a

    base of good

    quality rich milk as

    a starting point.

    She makes her ice

    cream in small

    batches, starting

    with the farms

    Rogue Magazine

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    LIFESTYLE TRAVEL : Dubai Teens Uncovered by Mary Kate OConnor

    As part of my transition year work experience, I have been in the United Arab

    Emirates for the past 8 weeks.

    During this time, I

    have interacted

    with students from

    all over the world

    and have learned

    a lot about them -

    what they do in

    their spare time,

    how they view us

    at home and what

    their plans for the

    future are. I got the

    pupils I met to fill

    out the following

    questionnaire

    about themselves

    and their lives here

    in order to give our

    readers an insight

    into the average

    Middle Eastern

    teen in comparison

    to teenagers in

    Ireland.

    I was surprised to find that we are both very alike and yet very different in

    many ways.

    Rogue Magazine

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    1. What do you think of Ireland? Over half of girls think Ireland is a beautiful

    and wonderful country. The remaining 25% of girls didnt know anything about

    Ireland! This was an eye opener for me because sometimes we think life begins

    and ends in Ireland.

    2. Would you like to visit Ireland some day? 90% of girls would love to visit

    Ireland.

    3. Do you like living in the UAE? A whopping 100% of those surveyed like

    living in the UAE! I was surprised by this overwhelmingly positive response. The

    standard of living is high so it comes as no surprise in one way but I doubted

    whether the response would have been as resounding if I asked a group of Irish

    teens?!

    4. What is your favourite place to go to in the UAE that you would

    recommend to Irish Teens visiting the UAE? The girls surveyed

    recommended Dubai Mall, JBR, Kite Beach, Downtown Dubai, Ferrari World

    and Atlantis Waterpark to Irish teens visiting the UAE.

    5. Have you been to many countries outside of the UAE on holidays? If

    so, what countries have you been to? All the girls surveyed have travelled

    outside of the UAE. The most common destinations were Italy, Lebanon, China,

    Turkey, Egypt, Australia, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Korea, Austria,

    Germany, Thailand, UK, Greece, Canada, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the Kingdom of

    Saudi Arabia and the USA.

    6. Do you think it's easier being a teenager in the UAE or in Ireland? 75%

    answered UAE. 25% said Ireland because the transportation system is better

    in Ireland. Upon further research I learned that traffic is a major issue here in

    the UAE (during my time here I have experienced this) and the public transport

    system is still in its infancy so the daily commute is rough. For a lot of us at

    home we can walk to school, work etc. but due to the intense heat that is not

    possible here.

    LIFESTYLE TRAVEL : Dubai Teens Uncovered Continued

    Rogue Magazine

  • 7. What after school activities do you take part in? Over 25% surveyed do

    not take part in any after school activites. This was a shocking statistic given

    that there is a huge emphasis on extra curricular activities at home.The

    remaining 75% of pupils take part in basketball, softball, netball, piano, art,

    photography, jogging, tennis, the Student Life Organization and horse back

    riding.

    8. What do you do for fun outside of school? 50% of the girls surveyed hang

    out with their friends. 15% spend time with their family and 35% participate in

    activities such as skating, going to the movies, horseriding and shopping. Not

    too dissimilar to their Irish counterparts!

    9. If you won 10,000 dirhams (2,500) how would you spend it? 35% of the girls said they would spend the money shopping and another 30% said they

    would donate the money to charity (far more altruistic than the average Irish

    teen I reckon!). The other girls said they would 1) invest the money, 2) spend it

    on their family and 3) save it for college

    10. What musicians and TV series are you interested in? The majority of

    girls over here are interested in the same music and TV series as us in Ireland

    and the UK. Music such as English Pop as well as TV shows like Pretty Little

    Liars and The Vampire Diaries were mentioned. The remaining girls like Arabic

    music and 25% of those surveyed like Turkish TV series, the girls have even

    taught themselves to understand Turkish in order to enjoy the soaps!

    11. What clothing trends are in fashion for girls your age in the UAE

    currently? The clothing trends are similar to Ireland and the UK. The girls wear

    croptops, high waisted jeans and ripped jeans. They also have trends in the

    traditional Arab dress known as the abaya. They mentioned that various

    coloured abayas and abayas with a slit on the side are in vogue at the moment.

    LIFESTYLE TRAVEL : Dubai Teens Uncovered Continued

    Rogue Magazine

  • LIFESTYLE

    12. Do you use your phone frequently? If so, how many times a day? 100%

    of students said they use their phone frequently with 75% saying they use it as

    much as possible and 25% saying the use it only when they receive notifications.

    I would guesstimate that findings would be similar in Ireland.

    13. What social media apps do you use the most and why? The surveyed

    girls said they love Snapchat because they enjoying watching snaps of people. A

    few also liked Instagram because it is interesting but none of they girls surveyed

    like Facebook because it is boring.

    14. What would you like to study in University? 95% know what they want to

    study after school and all of them mentioned a wide variety of professions such

    as Psychology, Journalism, Law, Graphic Design, Fashion , Criminology,

    TRAVEL : Dubai Teens Uncovered Continued

    A big thanks to all the girls who helped with the

    above findings. I had a fantastic time shadowing

    two different schools in Dubai & Sharjah.

    Medicine, Media,

    Arts and Design,

    Business and

    Engineering.

    Having spoken to the

    University advisor, I

    learned that the vast

    majority of Arab

    students go on to

    study engineering

    (namely petroleum

    and chemical

    engineering) or

    Medicine. Unlike at

    home, the Arts are

    not as valued or

    invested in, there

    seems to be a much

    more pragmatic

    approach to choosing

    ones career.

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    Hi, I'm Sophie and I think it's fair to say

    I'm a sports addict.

    I currently play soccer u18's and

    ladies, Gaelic football u18, u16 and

    ladies and camogie for my county and

    club ladies. I eat, drink and live for

    sport. I think sport is hugely important

    in a teenagers life in the modern

    society. It is a brilliant stress reliever

    and also keeps you fit and active.

    Sport contributes majorly to your

    health both physical and mental. I am

    a firm believer in hard work and

    training and personally I think training

    is the only way to improve. Putting in

    the hard work and pain truly does pay

    off. As the saying goes. "Hard work

    beats talent when talent doesn't work. Some words I would use to describe

    the perfect sportsperson would be:

    passionate, committed, determined,

    loyal and honest to themselves.

    LIFESTYLE SPORT : Its a Way of Life

    by Sophie OCallaghan

    There is no point training or

    practicing unless you push

    yourself to the limit every time.

    Every time you step off that field

    you should be able for no more.

    The only advice I would have for

    anyone is to find a sport you love

    and play it. Don't ever be afraid

    and don't ever let anyone hold you

    back. Rogue Magazine

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    It is the year 2016 and we are all leading hectic lives so, therefore, Im going to give you some simple life hacks to get through life without the struggle.

    Im going to start with what I think is a favourite for everyone. Food. Eating your food slowly will help with weight loss. (Not something you would expect

    to hear.) So dont starve yourself, enjoy your food, reduce stress and have better digestion. Seeing as summer is just around the corner, heres one for those sweltering summer days. If you store your freezies upright in the

    freezer, you get a guaranteed clean cut every time. No need to deal with

    broken freezies anymore.

    For the healthy folk out there, here are some life hacks you might be

    interested in. First of all, deep breathing for a couple of minutes a day is like

    a massage for your internal organs. It improves your entire bodies

    circulation. All you have to do is breath! Another interesting one is that

    brushing your teeth straight after eating can damage your teeth. Instead,

    wash your mouth with water for a few seconds before brushing.

    And finally guys, I just have some life tips in general. Theres no longer any need to worry if you dont have any makeup remover. Baby oil works just as well. A recent study showed that sleeping without a bra on can improve the

    quality of your sleep by over 95%. Its also been proven that it can be an effective way of treating insomnia. So no more sleepless nights girls!

    Until next month, I hope all you readers have easier day-to-day lives with

    the help of a few of these life hacks.

    LIFESTYLE

    WELLBEING :

    Life Hacks

    by Megan Crowley

    Hey everyone! In this

    months article, I will be discussing the all

    important subject that

    is life hacks.

    Rogue Magazine

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    If you haven't already heard the youngest of the Kardashian Jenner family,

    Kylie, has brought out her own line of lip products. When the 18 year old

    brought out the first three Kylie lip kits they had sold out within 3 minutes. Each

    lip kit includes a lip liner and a liquid lipstick, They retail at $29.00 USD on her

    website kyliecosmetics.com. The first three colours released were Dolce K,

    Candy K, and True Brown K. The three colours were neutral tones with True

    Brown K being the boldest of the three as it is a rich brown colour exactly as

    the name suggests.

    .

    Kylie hasn't stopped at her lip kits. She has recently brought out three lip gloss

    shades Like, Literally & So Cute. They are three beautiful nude colours that would suit most skin shades. They are also available

    on kyliecosmetics.com for $15.00 USD.

    Kylie has surprised everyone by bringing out her metals collection. They are

    liquid lipsticks that dry in a matte effect but they are full of glitter and give the

    effect of metal. They can be bought on her website for $18.00 USD. She

    released three different shades King K, Reign and Heir. We wish Kylie the best of luck in the future and we are so excited to see what

    she has in store for us.

    LIFESTYLE BEAUTY : Kylie Lip Kits

    by Aoife Walshe

    After the success of her first

    three colours, she quickly

    released her lip kits in more

    colours. She now has eight

    shades - Dolce K, Candy K, True

    Brown K, Posie K, Mary Jo K,

    Kourt K, Koko K, and 22.

    These shades range from

    neutrals to bright reds to dark

    purples and oranges. Each time

    Kylies lip kits go on sale she

    typically sells out within minutes

    with her website unfortunately

    crashing for some people.

    Rogue Magazine

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    ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    MOVIES : TITANIC 1912 disaster retold on Twitter

    by Grace Galvin

    Titanic Sinks - April 15, 1912

    Everyone knows the story of the

    Titanic; whether its a memory from primary school or that movie

    where love can conquer all, even

    the icy seas. One way or another,

    the story is as poignant as it was

    the day the Titanic hit the ill-fated

    iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

    There were 2,242 people on board

    the ship, 1,513 of which lost their

    lives that night - 8 of those whom

    came from Limerick.

    In the early hours of the morning on

    April 15, 2016, Real Time History

    blog site @events_bl tweeted out in

    real-time the sinking of the Titanic, 104 years after it happened. What is

    it like, watching one of the biggest

    peacetime maritime tragedies play

    out in real-time? And just like when

    you watched Jack's fingers slip

    below the water (I think we can all

    agree the statute of limitations has

    expired on that spoiler) there's

    nothing you can do to stop it.

    Rogue Magazine

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    ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    MOVIES : The Sharks The Art of Movie Making

    by Clio Hartnett

    Rogue Magazine

    One of my friends is hugely into filmmaking, and for the last few years I have

    been helping her with writing/acting in her films, and so working with her really

    inspired me to make one of my own. I sat down, wrote the script, casted some

    of my friends, and we spent two very cold days shooting in Peoples Park & my house.

    It took me a few days to edit, and then I sent it off to Fresh Film Festival,

    which is a film festival for filmmakers under the age of eighteen.

    Unfortunately, it didnt progress past the heats of the competition. In my opinion, in order to improve your filmmaking, you must learn through

    trial and error - from making films and making mistakes. One of the mistakes I

    made during The Sharks, was that I didnt have good audio equipment, so the film sounded VERY windy. Lack of preparation resulted in quite a lot of

    time wasted while shooting. But for the next film I make, I know how to

    improve these things, so Ill make a better film. I hope this tip helps you if you want to try filmmaking. Its highly likely that your first film wont be the best, but its a huge learning curve and Im really glad that I did it. The film itself is about two girls, Freddy (Sadhbh Collins) and Skye (Emer

    White). Freddy is walking in the park one day after school, and comes across

    and old childhood friend (Skye) sitting on a bench, in a sleeping bag. The

    story unfolds, and Freddy discovers that Skyes family got into trouble with some ruthless loan sharks, and she had to run away. If you want to watch the

    film, its on my YouTube channel and is linked here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp83FSDvkdc

    Thanks to Rogue Magazine for giving me the opportunity to write this article,

    and thank you for reading!

    Hello Rogue Readers, my name is Clio

    Hartnett, and Im a young filmmaker from Limerick. Recently I made my first short

    film called The Sharks starring my two friends Sadhbh and Emer. It was a really

    good experience, and today Id like to tell you a bit about it.

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    ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    MUSIC : MACKLEMORE

    And We Danced

    by Ciara Deegan

    On Saturday the 16th of April I attended

    Macklemore's concert in Dublin.

    It was on in the 3Arena situated on the

    quays of Dublin city. I love this location

    and always enjoy visiting it. My friends

    and I arrived at the 3Arena at

    approximately 5pm and we decided that

    we would begin to queue. We queued

    for one hour and 15 minutes and the

    temperatures were quite low. The doors

    opened at half 6 and we went straight in

    and to the front of the crowd. I was in

    touching distance of the stage and the

    wait was worth it. Before Macklemore

    came on there were two supporting acts

    ; XP and Raury. They were both very

    good and got the crowd warmed up.

    I had read before I went that

    Macklemore would be on the stage for

    9pm. As usual this did not happen - he

    was late. This is always a

    disappointment; most of the crowd had

    now been waiting 4 hours to see him.

    He came on stage at around 9:20 and

    the charged atmosphere in the arena

    was phenomenal. Everyone was on

    their feet and in fantastic form.

    The only thing I would say is that he did

    not start with a very popular strong

    song; it was a bit slow. Other than that

    the show went on as expected.

    Rogue Magazine

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    ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    MUSIC : MACKLEMORE

    And We Danced

    continued

    The highlight of my

    night were all his

    costume changes -

    which you wouldn't

    expect for a solo

    artist. He changed

    from fur jackets to

    wigs and it really

    added to the whole

    concert. My

    favourite song was

    Can't hold us, it was lively and not a

    single person wasn't

    singing along. For

    the finale, we were

    showered with

    confetti as he sang

    his classic

    Downtown - which I adored.

    Loved it!

    10 out of 10 for Macklemore

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    ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    ARTS : Poetry

    A Soldiers Tale

    by Grace Galvin Connolly

    The man was all shot through that came today

    Into the barrack square;

    A soldier I - I am not proud to say

    We killed him there;

    They brought him from the prison hospital;

    To see him in that chair

    I thought his smile would far more quickly call

    A man to prayer.

    Maybe we cannot understand this thing

    That makes these rebels die;

    And yet all things love freedom - and the Spring

    Clear in the sky;

    I think I would not do this deed again

    For all that I hold by;

    Gaze down my rifle at his breast - but then

    A soldier I.

    They say that he was kindly - different too,

    Apart from all the rest;

    A lover of the poor; and all shot through,

    His wounds ill drest,

    He came before us, faced us like a man,

    He knew a deeper pain

    Than blows or bullets - ere the world began;

    Died he in vain?

    Ready - present; And he just smiling - God!

    I felt my rifle shake

    His wounds were opened out and round that chair

    Was one red lake;

    I swear his lips said 'Fire!' when all was still

    Before my rifle spat

    That cursed lead - and I was picked to kill

    A man like that!

    By Liam Mac Gabhann

    April 2016 is Poetry

    Month. So to finish the

    April edition in the 1916

    theme, the poem

    Connolly was chosen.

    James Connolly's life, and

    the stark facts of his

    death, are the twin

    concerns of this poem. Its

    speaker is a British

    soldier who remembers

    his role in Connolly's

    execution at Kilmainham

    Gaol.

    You can sense the

    soldier's regret and

    uncertainty. His thoughts

    are disjointed but he

    recognises the human

    need that shaped the

    rebellion, the desire for

    freedom and justice.

    Yet though he reflects on

    the morals of the rebels'

    actions, he knows his own

    responsibility as a soldier

    too.

    Connolly is set apart from

    the rest of the rebels in

    his commitment to

    improving the lives of the

    poor.

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