Poetic justice as Limerick group opposes plans to take water from river Shannon

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

A GROUP set up in protest against plans to redirect water from the River Shannon is to put together a poetry book to raise funds for their cause.

A GROUP set up in protest against plans to redirect water from the River Shannon is to put together a poetry book to raise funds for their cause.

The Shannon Protection Alliance has teamed up with the regular contributors to the Wednesday night poetry revival in the White House to put together an anthology for their fighting fund.

It will contain numerous poems protesting against the controversial proposals.

One of the highlights of the book is a song written by Roxboro man Dominic Taylor of the Limerick Writers Centre, and Sean Kelly of Sean’s Shop, Little Catherine Street.

The song, named The Shannon We Must Save, bemoans the want: “to bleed it dry, to rob us slight of hand.”

Popular city poet Terri Murray is editing the book, while Castletroy man Gerry Siney is coordinating the offerings.

“We constantly have to fundraise, whereas Dublin City Council has millions of euro to spend on this daft proposal. Our funds are always slow. As I am a regular atendee at the poet’s corner, I approached Barney Sheahan and asked him if I could go before the poets,” he explained.

As for how much the group wants to raise, he does not have a figure.

“I have no figure in my head. I do know that Christy O’Donnell, who is one of the contributing poets, mentioned the possiblity of raising thousands rather than hundreds. I have never done this kind of thing before, it’s not my business. Whether we get a couple of hundred, or get a couple of thousand, let’s just wait and see,” he told the Limerick Chronicle.

The deadline for submissions is the end of this month.

Gerry said there have been submissions from people who live in towns and villages around the country who live close to the River Shannon.

For more information, visit www.shannonprotectionalliance.ie.