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Irish Poet, Author & Writer

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Tsunami Heroine

A year on and I can’t get you out of my head

Your courage knocked me for six

The picture showed a white wall of water

And tiny matchstick bodies running for their lives

But you – Karin Svard – though

You were nameless at the time –

Courageously sprinting, against all the odds

Headlong into Hell

In order to save your family.

Pictured all over the world,

With a lump in my throat I thought…

That’s the end of her…but miracles do happen

You all flew back to the safety of your nest

On New Year’s Eve

So close to death, you said that it was impossible to describe

Your New Year’s Resolution: realising how valuable

Life really is

You became the whole world’s heroine – unknown to yourself

In a world that at the time was turned on its head

By the unyielding power of Nature.

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Maria Ní Mhurchú Irish poet author & playwright

Maria is a free-lance writer for television, stage and radio. She is also a published poet.

Lapwing has just published her fourth book, a poetry book, entitled Startled By You. Her book Caite le Chéile is a collection of plays, geared towards young adults. Published by An Sagart. She is a member of The Irish Screenwriters and Playwrights Guild She's a founding member of IFTA – Irish Film & Television Academy She's I’m writing a treatment with a view to writing a full length screen-play and possibly filming it.

She won the Hugh O’Flaherty Open-Poetry Competition 2014 with my poem “God Has No Country”.

Maria works with the drama group Aisteoirí Bhréanainn, of Corca Dhuibhne [Dingle]. She has worked as assistant editor to AN SAGART a publishing company run by University College of Maynooth. Chairman Prof. Pádraig Ó Fiannachta

Contact Maria


Phone:+353 (0)868870478

Dingle, county Kerry, Eire