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RIANTA

2022

(Voice and piano) 7'

Programme note

 

Rianta

 

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

 

do Jean McConville agus laenaí Áras na Máithreacha i dTuaim

 

 

Fadó,

le peint is trí ghreanadh,

ócar buí is dearg,

gualach liathdhubh,

d’fhág daoine a lorg i bpluaiseanna:

íomhánna de thairbh is de chapaill,

de bhíosúin is d’fhianna,

imlíne a gcuid lámh rianaithe

ag fir is ag mná.

 

Tá ealaín charraige

sa tírín seo againne, leis,

poncanna is bíseanna,

fiarláin is línte corracha.

Faightear dealbhóireacht, freisin,

ceardaíocht dhorcha ar fud an oileáin.

Máthair deichniúr páistí

ar leithinis Chuaille.

Blaoscannna is cnámha beaga,

beaga, bídeacha.

Rianta balbha ár n-aineolais,

Fianaise ár gcur i gcéill,

Ár gcur faoi cheilt.

 

 

 

MEDBH McGUCKIAN

 

Stains

 

for Jean McConville and the children of the Maternity Home, Tuam

 

 

Long ago,

with paint and inscription,

with yellow and red ochre,

with midgrey charcoal,

people would leave their mark in underground caves:

carvings of bulls and horses,

bison and deer,

engravings of their own hands

printed by men and women.

 

We have our own

stonework also

in this small country of ours,

dots and spirals,

zigzags and crooked lines.

Even sculpture can be unearthed,

dark patterns throughout the island.

Mother of ten children

On the Cooley peninsula.

Skulls and miniature bones,

dumb reminders of our ignorance,

witness to our makebelieve,

The buried footsteps.

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