'For me it is in the fabric of my being'

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'For me it is in the fabric of my being'


Mary reflects upon the importance of Co. Antrim, the place where she was born and reared for her sense of self and identity. She concludes with reference to a poem about the county which captures its beauty and illustrates its resonance for Mary.


Mary Dynan


Trinity College Dublin




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Antrim is a beautiful part of the world, which is now, unfortunately, a well kept secret because people are deterred by the 'Troubles' from visiting there. For me it is in the fabric of my being. Its memory 'haunts me (in the nicest possible way) wherever I go'. Sleive Trostan's in shadow and Glendan in tears Looks sorrowing up at her love through the years That sad look at Trostan I never can forget My heart pines in darkness, my lashes are wet Red dawn is at breaking and Slemish is glad In smiles to the green fields and shadows of Braid Craigbilly is waking from night's dewy sleep, And Kella's young streams to their new pulses leap The blue hills of Antrim I see in my dreams The high hills of Antrim, the glens and the streams In sunshine and shadow, in weal or in woe The sweet vision haunts me whereever I go Sin uilig! Go rabh maith agaibh.


Irish Research Council for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (IRCHSS)

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Dr Deirdre O'Donnell (Trinity College Dublin)


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