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Sigerson Clifford
Sigerson Clifford (1913 - 1985) was an Irish poet and playwright. He was born in County Cork, although his parents were from County Kerry, and they returned there in the following year, to Cahirciveen. It was there that he grew up and went to school. After finishing secondary school, he went to Dublin and joined the civil service. He wrote a number of poems and plays, including The Great Pacificator, which was staged at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in 1947. Clifford will be remembered for his poem "The Boys Of Barr Na Straide" which is named after a street in Cahirciveen and speakes of the Irish tradition of "hunting" for the wren (a small bird) on St. Stephen's Day, December 26.

brother mick
The mountain frowned upon the school,
The school stared at the street,
And rich men's sons... [read poem]
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