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EITHNE HAND

 

 

Eithne HandEithne is a writer and producer based in both Wicklow and Sligo. She has written four radio plays broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and has had poetry published in THE SHOp Magazine, Southword, and Crannog. Her work was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh award. As a radio producer, her documentary, Voicejazz, won a Prix Italia for Best Work on Music. She was Head of RTÉ Radio 1 from 2003-2006. Since 2014 she has curated the First Thought talks strand of the Galway International Arts Festival and as an independent producer she works with Gay Byrne on his Sunday Jazz program on RTÉ lyric FM. She is currently producing The Man In The Woman’s Shoes  a one man theatre show performed by Mikel Murfi. In Jan 2016 she was the audio producer on Dublin Rising – an interactive Google App narrated by Colin Farrell

 

 

 

The End of St. Barbara

 

 

Her father understood the three windows

in her new bath house proved her conversion.

 

Patron saint of mathematics—pray for us.

 

He oversaw her torture but the fire snuffed out,

by morning all her wounds had healed.

 

Patron saint of extreme events—pray for us.

 

He beheaded her himself and she swore before dying

that to call her name in distress would bring relief.

 

Patron saint of the Italian Navy—pray for us.

 

Heading home in a thunderstorm,

her father was consumed by flame.

 

Patron saint of lightning—pray for us.

 

In 1969 she was cut from the Litany;

her story judged to be entirely fabulous.

 

Patron saint of fireworks—grant us peace.

 

 

 

©2016 Eithne Hand

 

 

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