West Cork History

Skellig Lists, Bandon 1843, Ballydehob 1912, Celebration of Skellig Night, South Mall, Cork 1845.






The Skellig
(2nd edition and supplement)


By John Thomas (Jack) Roycroft b. Jan. 2, 1889, son of Samuel James Roycroft and Martha Skuce

The closing night of Shrove is here
All dark and stormy wild and dear
While o’er the road to Skellig Rock
The lads and lasses are seen to flock
Alone I stand and view the scene
Well knowing what this march doth mean
An even number forth doth go
Forth to that rock for weal or woe,
I scan the figures as they pass,
Along o’er the heather and dewy grass,
I think I’ve counted about two score
Yet indeed there may have been many more.
Some faces look merry, some look grave,
While dresses flutter and tresses wave.
And the stars through the clouds peep merrily down

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