Francis Duggan

The Koroit Of Today - Poem by Francis Duggan

Koroit in Victoria of widespread renown
It is said of it 'tis an old Irish Town
And though festivals of Irish culture held there every year
On the streets of Koroit a word such as 'begorragh' you are unlikely to hear.

In Koroit you will not see games of Hurling or Gaelicc Football
Koroitians on sports with roots in Ireland not interested at all
Aussie Rules followed by Cricket there take pride of place
Along with Rugby League and Rugby Union games Aussies embrace.

As in London or New York, Sydney, Melbourne or Rome
A true Irish person in Koroit would hardly feel at home
And though Koroitians are friendly as friendly can be
Any strong links to the Irish in them hard to see.

For it's hospitable people Koroit is well known
And for it's natural beauty in a class of it's own
And though many of it's inhabitants can trace their ancestry to Ireland far away
It does not seem very Irish the Koroit of today.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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