Poems

The O’Connell Memorial Church by Joe Dineen (1870-1928)

Unburdened with callings, thou tourist that strays,
To view all the beauties that Nature displays,
And art’s fascination, Oh! say have you seen
The Shrine of O’Connell at Cahersiveen.

You move to the Alps, and the fair flowing Nile:
In the Vale of Avoca, your hours you beguile
Yet, none of your locales can rival, I ween,
The Shrine of O’Connell at Cahersiveen.

The great Canon Brosnan, revered be his name!
Got up his Memorial Church, for the shame
That was Kerry’s and Ireland’s, that no one had been
To the mighty O’Connell of Cahersiveen

Then, will you not aid him, you Sons of the Gael?
But think how great Daniel did love Innisfail;
Oh! Let not for shame’s sake unfinished be seen
The Shrine of O’Connell at Cahersiveen

Send on your subscriptions, you Irishmen all
Oh! Think ’tis your Church and your country that call;
That the strength of your faith and your love should be seen
In the Shrine of O’Connell at Cahersiveen

When, then ’tis completed, how charming ’twill be.
To visit the shore of the deep-rolling sea.
Where will be reflected the beautiful sheen
Of the Shrine of O’Connell at Cahersiveen

Composed by Joe Dineen (1870-1928) in 1896. He was a poet local to Rathmore and brother of Lexicographer, the Rev. Patrick Dineen M.A.D. Litt. (1860-1934)