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Poet Clare attends Tipperary peace event

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Deirdre Devally, a poet and writer based in Co. Clare, was a guest at an International Day of Peace retreat ceremony at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland in Tipperary on Peace Day yesterday.

Deirdre was welcomed to Tipperary by Mr Martin Quinn, Hon. Secretary to the Tipperary Peace Convention. The International Day of Peace is dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The County Clare-based artist performed one of her own ‘No Free War’ compositions and also recited one of her ‘She Stood Her Ground’ poems at the ceremony and she also laid a wreath on the grave of the Irish poet Ellen O’Leary, who is buried in the cemetery adjoining the church.

At the grave, Deirdre performed one of Ellen O’Leary’s poems ‘To God and Ireland True’ which she set to music to the tune of ‘My Lagan Love’. The theme of the day was ‘End Racism, Build Peace’ and this was the dominant theme throughout the proceedings at St. Mary’s Church with contributions to the ceremony from the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , Mrs. Ijeoma Chinonyerem Obiezu; Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya, Mr. Michael K. Mubea; Ambassador of Colombia, Ms. Patricia Cortés Ortiz and Ambassador of the State of Palestine, Dr. Jilan Wahba Abdalmajid.

The Vice-Chair of the Government’s Expert Advisory Group on the Centenarian Decade and former Minister of State, Dr. Martin Mansergh, also contributed to the event. Deirdre Devally is well known in the poetry community as she writes poetry, prose and songs. His poetry album, The Broken Timbers Speak was released on Bandcamp in 2020.

His poetry has been broadcast on Irish and American radio and published in literary journal – The Ogham Stone, anthology – Come Walk With Me and more. A Dubliner living in Ennis, Co. Clare, she is in her second year of an MA Creative Writing at UL, working on her first collection.