In general, the Delanty lyric is no longer than twenty lines though the subject matter is broad: poems about Cork, about his father's work as a compositor for Eagle Printing (The Hellbox, 1998), ecological poems that explore the landscapes and wildlife, bird life in particular, of Vermont and Kerry, poems of child birth and fatherhood (The Ship of Birth, 2003), poems of political engagement, a superb poem about baseball ("Tagging the Stealer" from The Blind Stitch, 2001), and a volume of immigrant poetry (American Wake
, 1995) are among his subjects.
Events taking place during the week include local school children acting out an American Wake
, vintage memorabilia and displays.
No sooner had he stepped off a fishing boat with a banjo over his shoulder in Newfoundland, he was spontaneously regaling anyone who would listen - and not just those of us at the end of the camera - about why bagpipe music on the quayside was known as an "American wake
" to Irish emigrants.
When I moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 2002, he turned the Grafton Hillers' Christmas party at the Press Box into a mini Irish American wake
Departure ceremonies in Ireland were called an "American wake
" because most who emigrated were never seen again.
In Brick's letters, read voice-over in the film, he tells of the emotions released at his American wake
. That put Moloney in mind of Tom Byrne, an immigrant from County Sligo, now a retired steelworker in Cleveland.
On March 17, you can recreate the old emigrants farewell, known as the 'American Wake
', when thousands of people left Ireland for the US.
Visitors can learn about the traditional American Wake
, which features a dramatic re-enactment of one young man's move to the United States.
An average American wakes
up in the morning and says 'God bless America.' Surely, God is blessing America.
As little as five relatives and friends attended American wakes
. There were no wreaths or endless baskets of flowers lining the walk with donors' names prominently on their ribbons.
I want to highlight the significance of these movements for Irish emigrants during their journey out of Ireland, and draw attention to the importance of dance throughout the immigration process--from dancing at American wakes
, to dancing on board ships, to dancing in America.
"Fiddle tunes played at these American wakes
would soon be heard again, slightly changed, by the dear departed in America as Hillbilly, Country or even Cajun music.