Ode to the Women of Ireland


Celine Naughton

Journalist, indie author, occasional poet and dog-crazy wife and mother from Bray, County Wicklow, Celine won The Percy French Prize for Witty Verse 2020 with this offering. Competition judge Margaret Hickey describes the poem as “a beautifully crafted diatribe in the voice of the late Matt Talbot….The rhymes are clever and the rhythm speeds up as he gets increasingly frustrated… a very well-judged comic piece and the overall winner.” 





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