2001-01-06 / Columnists

Meet The Irish by Harry McGuirk

A happy and prosperous New Year to all who enjoy the "Meet The Irish" column by Harry McGuirk and his wife Margie. May the year 2001 bring joyfulness and success to all.

Those of us who enjoy the spirit of the Irish through the long history will applaud the patriots and the poets who are entwined in their efforts for Irish freedom down through the years.

In the city of Galway, Ireland (that’s in the west) there stands a tribute to a man called Padraig Column. Many thousands who visit the west stop by to pay tribute to him and his Gaelic writings that will be admired by the world scholars forever.

This statue is in Eyre Square, in the middle of the park, in County Galway. There he sits in all his glory.

There is talk that the noble Gaelic institute called the Abbey Theatre may soon be razed again to the ground and a brand new beautiful structure will arise once more like a Phoenix from the ashes to please the modern wealthy—me? I preferred the original.

The original Abbey with its long dead famous voices and valiant bodies who stood on the stage as raids by troops of the enemy sometimes surrounded the brave little building as ladies and gentlemen with courageous hearts shouted their scripts in defiance of the loyalties—actors, patriots, heroes. After the years of death for noble Irish causes, the Abbey burned to the ground. Irish patriots cried with public sadness.

Another place was found, then another, now once more another. A haven of freedom will be raised. Ireland’s struggle for freedom in Dublin by the Liffey will be recalled for always.

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