James Joyce, William Butler Yeats and, most recently, Seamus Heaney all called Ireland their home.
This year, RTE, the national broadcaster, hosted a contest aimed at identifying the country’s most-loved poem written in the last century.
The winner is a sonnet by Seamus Heaney called “When all the others were away at Mass.” Below is the text:
In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984
When all the others were away at Mass
I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.
They broke the silence, let fall one by one
Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:
Cold comforts set between us, things to share
Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.
And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes
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