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Comment #2863522 by Colm Flaherty

Colm Flaherty Sep 2nd 2014, 1:51 PM #

This reminds me of the bull we had to put up with in the run up to the Salthill airshow every year.

And of this poem written by Kevin Higgins, a Galwegian poet.

The annual air show protest
by Kevin Higgins

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are God
taking pneumatic drills to the sky.
The cat covers his ears and retires
to the back of the wardrobe.
Elsewhere, a demo gives old friends
somewhere to put their anger.
The man who, every chance he gets,
ticks you off for bearing false witness
against East Germany, hands out red balloons.
His moustache stops to congratulate itself.
His heartbeat hammers: Long Live Stalin!
Long Live Stalin! A guy with purple hair
offers Food Not Bombs to an elderly
white woman with dreadlocks.

You uproot weeds, tell yourself
if their dream republic got born,
the cat wouldn’t be crouching
in the dark, but cold between slices
of questionable brown-bread
- all you’d have to eat – know
you’re more likely to go
into the night on a unicycle
screaming: Free Paris Hilton!
Free Paris Hilton! than accept
another red balloon from them.

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Opinion: Croke Park war plane stunt betrayed the history of the GAA

Opinion: Croke Park war plane stunt betrayed the history of the GAA

The fly-past of two US war planes was no doubt great entertainment for many, but it also trivialises the brutal machinery of war.

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