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Poetry in motion: Seamus Heaney was a fan of Thomas Moore

Poetry in motion: Seamus Heaney was a fan of Thomas Moore

The Dublin-born lyricist Thomas Moore

The Dublin-born lyricist Thomas Moore

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Poetry in motion: Seamus Heaney was a fan of Thomas Moore

Next week, Ireland’s biggest gardening festival, Bloom, throws open its gates in the Phoenix Park, back in the rudest of health after its enforced two-year absence due to Covid. There will be many a rose on show, which might call to mind one of the most famous of Irish airs.

Indeed, not far away across the rooftops of Dublin’s northside, in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, you’ll find a descendant of the very blossom that inspired The Last Rose of Summer.


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