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On the rough edge of Europe

Sunday, 6 July, 2014

“He lived on the very edge of County Sligo, the edge of Ireland — the edge of Europe, you might say,” said fellow poet Peter Fallon of Dermot Healy, who died this week. “In some ways he lived on the edge of the literary community, but in certain ways he was central to the community he shaped around himself, especially in the north-west of Ireland. And it was the rough edge of his work, which in some ways was so distinctive, which attracted his readers.”

The Prayer

When Peggy was dying
Her son leaned over to whisper
The Our Father into her ear.
She opened her eyes,
“Things must be bad,” she said,
“that you’ve started praying.”

Dermot Healy (1947 — 2014)

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  1. Henry Barth says:

    I liked Healy after reading “Goat’s Song” when it first came out. I live not too far from him, yet we never met. Now I never will.