The Parish of St Mel’s and Other Verses [by John O’Brien, 1954]

[Editor: This book of poetry was written by “John O’Brien”, whose real name was Patrick Joseph Hartigan, was published in 1954 (two years after Hartigan passed away). As there are many older words and phrases in his poems, including quite a few of Irish origin, which may be unfamiliar to many readers, a glossary has been provided.]

The Parish of St Mel’s and Other Verses

By John O’Brien

Front cover of the first edition (1954)

Front cover of the first edition (1954)

Contents

The Parish of St Mel’s

Imelda May

The Durkins

Old Sister Paul

Firin’ on the Eight

The Bush P.P.

Little Churches

The Meeting

The Old Home

Front cover of a later edition (1980)

Front cover of a later edition (1980)

The Road to Danahey’s

When the “Sut” Drops Down

My Curate’s Motor-Bike

At Home

Twin Cylinders

Ten-Twelve Shebang

My Curate, Father Con

Sez She

The Kids in the School

The Day th’ Inspector Comes

The One-Ton Truck

I Come, Dear Lord, Each Morning

Saffron Thistles

The Field of the Cloth of Gold

The Kites That We Used To Fly

Sing Me a Song

Sittin’ be the Wall

Cooney’s Daughter

Himself and Myself

The Pastor of St Mel’s



Published in:
John O’Brien. The Parish of St Mel’s and Other Verses, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1954

Comments

  1. These poems by John O’Brien appear for the first time on the internet:

    At Home
    The Bush P.P
    Cooney’s Daughter
    The Day Th’ Inspector Comes
    The Durkins
    The Field Of The Cloth Of Gold
    Firin’ On The Eight
    Himself And Myself
    I Come, Dear Lord, Each Morning
    Imelda May
    The Kids In The School
    The Kites That We Used To Fly
    Little Churches
    The Meeting
    My Curate, Father Con
    The Old Home
    Saffron Thistles
    Sez She
    Sing Me A Song
    Sittin’ Be The Wall
    Old Sister Paul
    The One-Ton Truck
    The Parish Of St Mel’s
    The Pastor Of St Mel’s
    Ten-Twelve Shebang
    Twin Cylinders
    When The “Sut” Drops Down

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