In September 1920, the 25th of the month,
Around 11.30pm on Main Street,
All was calm before the storm
Would Culley’s warning come to pass.
All was peaceful but something was afoot
It was pitch black outside
The air was crisp outside
But inside the air was full of tobacco and fear.
Starting with a loud crash from next door
A commotion in Corcoran’s
Interrupted the card game
A rustle in the chimney some soot fell down
Constable John Broderick got up
Cautiously peeked out of the window
A stealthy shadow approached
At that moment realisation set in
In nineteen -twenty, twenty minutes
Of open fire
And home-made bombs
The IRA achieved their goal.
Written by Sophia Cadden, Alisha Kiernan, CJ O’Reilly and Timur Petrov as part of Poetry as Commemoration workshops led by Frank Galligan in St. Mary’s NS, Arva, Co. Cavan, in October 2022.