John O'Donohue

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John O'Donohue Biography

John O'Donohue (1 January 1956 – 4 January 2008) was an Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian philosopher. He was a native Irish speaker, and as an author is best known for popularising Celtic spirituality.
Eldest of his three siblings, he was raised in west Ireland in the area of Connemara and County Clare, where his father Patrick O'Donohue w ...

John O'Donohue Poems

On The Death Of The Beloved

Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

For Grief

When you lose someone you love,
Your life becomes strange,
The ground beneath you becomes fragile,


On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders

For Suffering

May you be blessed in the holy names of those
Who, without you knowing it,
Help to carry and lighten your pain.

For The Dying

May death come gently towards you,
Leaving you time to make your way
Through the cold embrace of fear

John O'Donohue Comments

aimee 28 June 2018

Looking for poem by john o'donohue that begins like this: When you become vulnerable, any ideal or perfect image of yourself falls away

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Serena newby 05 November 2018

looking for a poem that begins, As the fever of day

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Lesley 08 July 2018

This is from his book Beauty: the Invisible Embrace - see https: //

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Ciaran 19 February 2020

Looking for a biography of the poet. Is there one? . If not why not

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William Allan 01 April 2020

The reading on R4 was actually just the last few stanzas of a longer poem titled " For the Breakup of a Relationship" .

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jenna Drury 31 March 2020

Also looking for the radio 4 John O donahue poem please

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Irene 30 March 2020

The quote starts: This is a time to be slow....." from " To Bless the Space between us, " a Book of Blessings by John O'Donohue

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Jean H 30 March 2020

I loved the poem and how it was read by feral Keane this morning on Radio 4. It was about Morning but I didn't catch the title. Any information gratefully received. Thank You

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Rosemary 30 March 2020

Looking for the poem chosen by Fergal Keanenon radio 4

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