Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Celebrating Bloomday Eve with Racker Donnelly

Posted in Bloomsday Eve with Racker Donnelly by sheelanagigcomedienne on June 14, 2012
Racker Donnelly is at theKing and Queen pub Friday 15th June Bloomsday Eve. The pub is on the corner of Foley St and Cleveland St just opposite the hospital building that Aonghus lives in which was part of the workhouse that inspired Dickens’s  Oliver Twist. It should be a good night as Racker always entertains and amuses.Racker Donnelly and Luke Cheeves Celebrate Bloomsday – Irish in
Remember that Bloomsday celebrates the day Joyce met his muse Nora Barnacle a fellow Galwegian women.
Former UK Slam Champion Poet,Irish Times Speakerof the Year & Grand Marshalof the Dublin Riviera,Racker Donnelly has performed for many music, comedy,arts, folk & story clubs & festivals, with the Chieftains in Bray & with Dara O Briain at Bloomsbury Theatre. He has featured repeatedly for Liverpool Irish Festival & Whitby Folk Week.
ARDAL O’HANLON
This guy blew me away!
SUNDAY TRIBUNE
James Joyce himself would have  loved this.

Clever, humorous, articulate, marvellous.

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Joyce used some verses in Ulysses that he had been sent from Oliver Gogarty as a peace offering. Buck Mulligan was based on Gogarty who had the Martello Tower in Sandycove. Gogarty had a son Dermot who was also a poet who was great friends with Eamonn Goggin who married my aunt Ruby. My sister Ida met him when she went to live in Canada in Montreal and he wrote her a poem To a convent girl which she gave to uncle George and it disappeared!

The  Ballad of Joking Jesus

I’m the queerest young fellow that ever you heard

My mother’s a Jew, my father’s a bird.

With Joseph the Joiner I cannot agree

So here’s to disciples and Calvary.

 

If anyone thinks that I amn’t divine

He’ll get no free drinks when I’m making the wine

But have to drink water and wish it were plain

That I make when the wine becomes water again.

 

Goodbye, now, goodbye! Write down all that I said

And tell Tom, Dick, and Harry I rose from the dead.

What’s bred in the bone cannot fail me to fly

And Olivet’s breezy… Goodbye, now, goodbye!

Here is Gogarty’s

I’m the queerest young fellow that ever was heard.

My mother’s a Jew; my father’s a Bird

With Joseph the Joiner I cannot agree

So ‘Here’s to Disciples and Calvary.’

 

If anyone thinks that I amn’t divine,

He gets no free drinks when I’m making the wine

But have to drink water and wish it were plain

That I make when the wine becomes water again.

 

My methods are new and are causing surprise:

To make the blind see I throw dust in their eyes

To signify merely there must be a cod

If the Commons will enter the Kingdom of God

 

Now you know I don’t swim and you know I don’t skate

I came down to the ferry one day and was late.

So I walked on the water and all cried, in faith!

For a Jewman it’s better than having to bathe.

 

Whenever I enter in triumph and pass

You will find that my triumph is due to an ass

(And public support is a grand sinecure

When you once get the public to pity the poor.)

 

Then give up your cabin and ask them for bread

And they’ll give you a stone habitation instead

With fine grounds to walk in and raincoat to wear

And the Sheep will be naked before you’ll go bare.

 

The more men are wretched the more you will rule

But thunder out ‘Sinner’ to each bloody fool;

For the Kingdom of God (that’s within you) begins

When you once make a fellow acknowledge he sins.

Rebellion anticipates timely by ‘Hope,’

And stories of Judas and Peter the Pope

And you’ll find that you’ll never be left in the lurch

By children of Sorrows and Mother the Church

 

Goodbye, now, goodbye, you are sure to be fed

You will come on My Grave when I rise from the Dead

What’s bred in the bone cannot fail me to fly

And Olivet’s breezy—Goodbye now Goodbye.

 Happy Bloomsday All

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