The theme for last night's gathering in Ardbraccan was on remembrance and at least sixteen people brought poems or readings that touched on some quality of the above. Rose Mawdsley led off with her own piece on the "Famine Walk" and while I suppose everyone is familiar with some aspect of this catastrophe, there were many others that were equally harrowing. Any analysis or account of those years treads more than a little careful. Respects by Jane Clarke, a writer who was originally from Roscommon but now living in Wicklow was next followed by In Memory of my Mother by Patrick Kavanagh. The Oak Tree by Johnny Ray Ryder was followed by Holly by Seamus Heaney. Carol Owens read her own poem In Remembrance of Leonard Cohen and very good it was, followed by Bereft by John Quinn and this one I hadn't heard before. Last Flight, Last Sight by Eugene Kane was about his brother Camillus who died on the Missions in Kenya and this was followed by Bridie Halton reading a poem by her Uncle Felix which also touched on the subject of the famine, In Remembrance of the Famine Victims. A Brother's Demise was read by Willie G. Hodgins and Memento to More for Peter and Dee was read by John Curran. Myself I read Comrades by Eva Gore Booth. Above Pesaro 1993 by MacDara Woods was followed by Do You Remember, a beautiful poem by Dunsany poet Myra Lalor. Finally the night finished off with Home by francis Ledwidge, The next meeting is on Tuesday the 17th of December and the theme is off course Christmas. All are welcome!