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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - Excursion to Lahinch

Excursion to Lahinch


James Bredin

The West Clare Railway had an excursion every Sunday
It returned the same day so school again on Monday
The train left at ten a.m. so it was eight oíclock mass
Tickets cost one and nine for that two-way excursion pass
Passengers packed the train in enthusiastic anticipation
Complete families went to Lahinch, that seaside location
The excitement of those times is difficult to understand
But few families in those days could afford to walk the strand

The train went chugging down the track with steam and smoke and noise
The thrill of going to Lahinch was grand for innocent girls and boys
They didnít know the train was small or the tracks were narrow gauge
To them it was the grandest thing, a theatre of the moving stage
And at Lahinch they could stroll the strand for many many miles
Or go swimming in the Atlantic under brilliant sunny skies
All the days were sunny then, I canít remember one shower
But I remember the train speeding along at forty miles an hour.

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