The Shame of Ireland

The Shame of Ireland

Information  for  Survivors

Those born in the second week of May...the following  applies

You will celebrate the Blackthorn tree

So very popular

Look in the hedges and you will see

Or neglected farms or country roads it is easy to spot

With widespread branches

And underneath the leaves are dots

The bark is usually smooth and dark

Or the colour of slate

The edges of the leaves have a tooth appearance

Like that of a ridged plate

This is your Birthday tree and it`s usefulness knows no bounds

Blessings were given so that the Sun Moon and Stars

Could produce a generous yield

Blessing all these hard workers

Who brought bread to the table from the field

Each centre of the berry holds a stone

The sloe berry is the grand-parent of our plum tree

Using them in jellies and jams

Is an ideal accomplishment for a tea...Rosaleen (chairperson of Templemore Forgotten Victims)

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