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On Raglan Road
By Patrick Kavanagh
On Raglan Road on an autumn day I saw her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare that I might one day rue;
I saw the danger, yet I passed along the enchanted way,
And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.
On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge
Of the deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion’s pledge,
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay
Oh I loved too much and by such by such is happiness thrown away.
I gave her gifts of the mind I gave her the secret sign that’s known
To the artists who have known the true gods of sound and stone
And word and tint without stint for I gave her poems to say.
With her own name there and her own dark hair like clouds over fields of May
On a quiet street where old ghosts meet I see her walking now
Away from me so hurriedly my reason must allow
That I had loved not as I should a creature made of clay
When the angel woos the clay he’d lose his wings at the dawn of day.
Listen to original Luke Kelly of the Dubliners version: RTÉ Archives | Arts and Culture | Luke Kelly Sings ‘On Raglan Road’ (rte.ie)
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Learn the history of On Raglan Road and see the beautiful woman who inspired it.
(ATTACHED: Peter Kavanagh Dr Hilda Moriarty)
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On Raglan Road was first published as a poem in The Irish Press on 3 October 1946 under the title “Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away.” Peter Kavanagh, Patrick’s brother, said that “it was written about Patrick’s girlfriend Hilda but to avoid embarrassment he used the name of my girlfriend in the title”. Her real name was Dr Hilda Moriarty, then a medical student from County Kerry. Though she regarded Kavanagh as a friend, her feelings were not romantic and in 1947 she married Donogh O’Malley, who later became Fianna Fáil Minister for Education.
In 1987, Hilda Moriarty was interviewed by the Irish broadcaster RTÉ for a documentary about Kavanagh called Gentle Tiger. In the interview, she said one of the main reasons for the failure of their relationship was that there was a wide age gap between them. She was only 22, whereas he was 40.
Dr Moriarty also described how Raglan Road came to be written. Kavanagh had lived in Pembroke Road in Dublin, but he moved out as he could not afford the rent and he moved into Mrs Kenny’s boarding house on Raglan Road which cost 10 shillings a week full board – Hilda was staying on Raglan Road – a road off Pembroke Road. Kavanagh saw Hilda coming and going from Raglan Road to University on a daily basis and as an excuse to meet with her in the Country Shop on St Stephen’s Green or Mitchell’s on Dawson Street he would often ask Hilda to critique his work. Kavanagh described himself as a peasant poet but Hilda was not that impressed and teased him-“Can you not, then, write about anything other than stony grey soil and bogs, Paddy?” Kavanagh said, “I will immortalise you in poetry, Hilda.” And so he did. According to Dr Moriarty, he went away and wrote Raglan Road-and Hilda featured in many of Kavanagh’s poems, including Hilda, Hilda 2, and Hilda 3, and several others.
The poem was put to music when the poet met Luke Kelly of the well-known Irish band The Dubliners in a pub in Dublin called The Bailey. It was set to the music of the traditional song “The Dawning of the Day” (Fáinne Geal an Lae). An Irish-language song with this name (Fáinne Geal an Lae) was published by Edward Walsh (1805-1850) in 1847 in Irish Popular Songs, and later translated into English as The Dawning of the Day, published by Patrick Weston Joyce in 1873. Given the similarity in themes and the use of the phrase “dawning of the day” in both On Raglan Road and the traditional tune, it is quite likely that Kavanagh from the beginning imagined the pairing of verse and tune. Indeed, there is a broadcast recording of Kavanagh singing On Raglan Road to the tune on Irish television and in 1974 Benedict Kiely recalled in an interview for RTÉ Kavanagh trying out the paired verse and tune for him soon after its writing. Kelly himself acknowledges that song was gifted to him that evening at The Bailey.
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Given all the stress of the pandemic, it’s no surprise 64% of Americans agreed they’re in desperate need of a vacation once they feel comfortable traveling again, especially since 26% haven’t taken a vacation in more than 13 months.
The survey polled 2,000 nationally representative Americans to analyze the impact COVID-19 had on their travel habits, gauge how they’re feeling about travel now that vaccines are becoming more widely available and determine their most coveted destinations.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Hilton, the survey found 59% of respondents are planning to check sight-seeing wonders off their wish lists as they begin planning their first trips post-pandemic, including the Grand Canyon, Eiffel Tower and Niagara Falls.
Other top destinations included the Statue of Liberty, the Colosseum in Rome and the Las Vegas Strip.
Respondents were also asked which countries are on their travel wish list, and Italy was crowned as the top destination. Rounding out the top five were the United Kingdom, Australia, France and Canada.
While many Americans are dreaming of international wish list trips, 57% of those surveyed said they’d be more comfortable traveling within the U.S. for their first post-pandemic vacation. The top U.S. cities Americans plan to visit include Honolulu, New York City and Las Vegas.
It’s no wonder these top U.S. and international destinations are on Americans’ minds: 49% of respondents said they used the pandemic as an opportunity to save up more money for a dream vacation they have always had on their wish list.
The survey also found over half of respondents (55%) said they plan to spend more money than they normally would on their next trip since they haven’t traveled in a while – an average of $2,173.11 to be exact.
“The results show both international and domestic destinations are at the top of Americans’ wish lists for their next vacation,” said Jenna Hackett, Global Head for Curio Collection by Hilton. “It’s no surprise 30% strongly agreed they will book their dream vacation that they normally wouldn’t have considered – our guests are looking for those authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences, especially after more than a year without making travel memories.”
Once Americans are on their vacations, the majority of respondents (59%) plan on making up for lost time by staying at their destination longer (60%) and traveling further (46%).
Two in five of these respondents plan to visit family they haven’t seen during the pandemic and 27% plan to travel with friends and family. In fact, 38% of respondents said spending quality time with friends and family is one of the top things they miss about traveling.
Regardless of destination, safety is still the chief concern when it comes to traveling this summer, as the top two priorities when it comes to booking their next vacation are being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (48%) and ensuring their hotel has COVID-19 cleaning protocols and safety measures in place (35%).
As travelers’ options begin to open up around the world, nearly 30% said their next priorities are booking an all-inclusive vacation package and being within walking distance to attractions.
“We’ve found that travelers today are looking to dive into the local scene more and more even during these dream vacations,” said Phil Cordell, Global Head, Canopy by Hilton. “While they are looking for those once-in-a-lifetime moments, they also want to immerse themselves in the culture of their destination, as evidenced by 29% of those surveyed wanting access to explore the nearby area and city and almost one in five wanting to feel like a local.”
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