England’s Difficulty is Ireland’s Opportunity* by Nick Conway

“If the British do have a fault, it is their inability to take the Irish or Ireland seriously”
Liam Ryan

Initial gulp and heave of conquest,
the caustic thrust once forced upon
your every enemy,
and every friend.

The Western island is silent now,
the light of knowledge presses down.
Slow awareness that this world
must surely end.

*An Irish nationalist slogan which gained traction at the outset of the First World War in 1914.



Nick Conway is a historian and writer from Bristol. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of the West of England and lives in Bristol and Bern. You can find him on Twitter @NicholasConway