And as I Rode by Granard Moat

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Lilliput Press, 1996 - Poetry - 227 pages
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Combining the rigour of an anthologist with the informal charm of a legendary raconteur, Benedict Kiely leads us on a delightful ramble around Ireland through song and verse. Starting in 'Sweet Omagh Town', we travel down the lanes and highways of thirty-two counties with help from the great poets of Ireland and from the traditional songs of nature, love and rebellion - 'The Yellow Bittern', 'Ringleted Youth of My Love', 'The Bold Fenian Men' and many others. And as I Rode by Granard Moat is much more than a collection of poems and ballads: it is at once the literary evocation of an island and an intimate, highly personal chronicle.

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The Green Flowery Banks Anon 7 The Ballad of Douglas Bridge
Omagh Town Anon 28 The Treacherous Waves of Loughmuck

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Kiely is a great storyteller, a very gifted novelist, an extraordinary writer of short stories, and a very good broadcaster. He is a writer whose work has been consistent and abundant; ... the best writer about places around Ireland that I have read' - Brendan Kennelly 'There could not possibly be a better companion on a walk around Ireland than Ben Kiely." --In Time's Eye, The Irish Times

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