By Imelda Walsh Brookes

Lhttps://www.oughterardheritage.org/image Leam School (1877-1959)
View from the Quiet Man Bridge
Ancient Stone Walls
Restored Ruin
Rugged Landscape
View from Leam Bridge



Young eyes, expectant, eager, seeing Leam,

Captured in the school’s wide window frame.

Your bright world is fresh to day

Vibrant clothed in Spring’s array,

Warm homes sheltered by the glen

 Guarded by the brown mountain.

Low stonewalls surround each field

Fruitful with its promised yield.

Rushes stirred by soft warm air

Heather, yellow furze so fair,

Green ferns, its fresh fronds ensnare.

The primrose shyly growing there.

The gleaming mirror of the lake

Reflecting beauty for beauty’s sake.


 But dotted on the hillside green,

Small sad ruins can still be seen.

Ivy covered stones still stand,

Mute testimony of a ravished land.

And drills are clearly shown,

Where once the seeds were sown.

 The seed that when full grown

 Provided food for our forebears

‘Till dread famine stalked this land.


Printed by kind permission of:

Imelda Brookes




This page was added on 12/01/2011.

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