Daily Archives: September 9, 2012

The Blackbird of Belfast Lough

Int én bec
ro léc feit
do rinn guip
glanbuidi

fo-ceird faíd
ós Loch Laíg,
lon do chraíb
charnbuidi
9th Century Irish

This sculpture depicting a girl and blackbird reading a book is outside the library on the Ormeau Road, Belfast.

It was inspired by Seamus Heaney’s poem “The Blackbird of Belfast Lough” which, I believe, has been based on the ninth century poem above, translated by Seamus.

The small bird
chirp-chirruped:
yellow neb,
a note-spurt.

Blackbird over
Lagan water.
Clumps of yellow
whin-burst!
Seamus Heaney

Another version of the Blackbird of Belfast Lough

the little bird
that whistled shrill
from the nib of
its yellow bill:

a note let go
o’er Belfast Lough –
a blackbird from
a yellow whin
Ciaran Carson

Unfortunately I was unable to find any information about the sculptor of this piece.