The Wexford-based poet Margaret Galvin has published her fifth collection of poetry, titled 'The Finer Points'.
The book was published in association with Cahir Historical and Social Society and many of the 55 poems within its pages deal with Margaret's experience of growing up in south Tipperary in the 1960's and 1970's.
Their appeal and relevance is described as 'universal' by the poet and writer Eileen Casey while Dr. Francis Devlin-Glass of the University of Melbourne described the works as 'gritty and unsentimental'.
A quotation from the American poet, Jane Kenyon prefaces the collection and sets the tone. She said: 'One of the functions of poetry is to keep alive the memory of the people, places and events that shape us.'
Many of the poems celebrate and honour the memory of particular people and happenings, both public and private.
Margaret's poem 'St. Brigid's Day 1960: River Tragedy in Cahir' recalls how a double drowning tragedy occurred 60 years ago when local man Paddy Kelly lost his life in a vain attempt to rescue a child, Mary Sunderland, from the flood waters of the Suir.
A variety of themes is explored as the poet shines a light into the lives of ordinary people who deal with thwarted opportunity, emigration and social disgrace.
Lighter moments are celebrated too, from the drinking of tea to the excitement of the carnival or circus arriving in town. Margaret has lived all her adult life in Wexford, working with the library service, as Editor of Ireland's Own and in social care. The book will be officially launched in Wexford in the New Year. Copies are currently on sale at Red Books in St. Peter's Square, The Book Centre, or from the poet herself at firstname.lastname@example.org or 053 9121924.