by Séamus Clarke

In Ballina’s embrace, like a rivers flow
Jackie Clarke,
A collector’s heart aglow.
Artefacts stored like treasures of old,
His love for history, a story untold.

Reproduced with kind permission of the author. This poem was composed in a Poetry as Commemoration workshops held at The Jackie Clarke Collection, Mayo, with students from St. Murdach’s College, Ballina, in October 2023.  The workshop was led by writer Martin Dyer.