Auld Rope

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These poems portray a picture of a by-gone Dublin and Ireland. Along the way we meet real and imagined characters, women like Nanny Anne, Granny Reilly, residents of Linenhall Street, who in the poem ‘Dirty Laundry’ witness the degradation of the Magdalene laundry girls.

The poem ‘Moore Street’ recalls the now fading sing-song tradition of working class Dublin. Tramps and drug addicts, like the sunken eyed Joe, litter the pages of this captivating collection. But there are also moments of hilarity as the auld one in ‘Tripe’ has what could be interpreted as a risqué conversation with her butcher.

The poet captures all the colours of life with honesty and profundity.


Born in Dublin, Bob Shakeshaft now lives in Skerries.  A long-time participant on the Dublin open mic scene, he has read at the Inchicore Village Festival, for Seven Towers, and at the Glor sessions, among many others.

Bob has also broadcast his poems on KFM Radio, Liffey Sounds, and Dublin South Radio and has read at Over the Edge in Galway and On the Nail in Limerick.  He is a member of the Ardgillan Creative Writer’s Group and Drogheda Creative Writers Group.


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