I wrote this 8 years ago for the Dubai Irish Society annual when I was their chairperson.   At the time it was referencing the end of the recession that we were all experiencing.   However it seems to be just as relevant  now.

Oh, and just so that I can manage your expectations.   My twitter bio says that I am a woeful poet and I try to maintain that standard at all times.


Covid Christmas 1


Our country is kneeling at the altar

It’s promising to comply, to never again falter


The craic and the laughter seem to fade away

But the spirit of our country is only fleetingly held at bay


Our history and our courage will always stand us in good stead

Our love for our country is in our hearts and in our head


We have been through much worse with our heads held high

The love for my country brings a tear to my eye


The diaspora champion our country with their  might charm and cheer

Reminding everybody why the Irish are held so dear


This challenge will not define us but will only increase our might

The spirit of our country is our burning brightest light




Adele Leahy




Covid Christmas 2


So shall dis dancing ( social distancing ) be ok?

Or shall I move further away?


I want to gel with folks

Not buy hand gel and fear I croke


Must I buy a meal with my pint?

Can I not just drink and be ‘ ag caint?’


Sesame Street’s’ Grover’ explains ‘ near , far ‘

But I just want to drive forever in my car.


I am desperate for a hug

And a snog in a snug


We are good at our compliance

But I need some feckin romance


We’ll get through this but we have lost so many

We’ll light a candle for a euro, when once it was a penny


Santa is Covid safe and so are his crew

Even the naughty will get presents too


We will slay this virus and live free again

Once we have one another all our efforts are not in vain.




Adele Leahy


Sesame Street-Near,far ( a  guilty pleasure fav of mine from when I was a kid.  And now ,also.  To be honest, even more so  now)






2 Replies to “COVID CHRISTMAS 1 and 2”

  1. Helⅼo! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading this post rеminds me of my olⅾ room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward thiѕ write-up to him.
    Faiгly ceгtаin he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi, thank you for your lovely words. I am delighted that you enjoyed it. My blog is relatively new and your feedback is greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful Christmas.Adele

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