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Isla's poem about Irish hero Michael Collins goes viral

Isla Corbett in Brisbane

A poem about Micheal Collins written by a 12-year-old Irish girl, Isla Corbett, who lives in Brisbane, has gone viral online and she will be interviewed about the experience on Cork radio station 96FM and 103FM tomorrow.

Isla penned The Ballad of Michael Collins for a school English assignment at The Gap High School. The class had been asked to write about their hero. Isla’s teacher awarded her an A for her efforts.

Isla was born in Cork and her family moved to Australia in 2011, first to Sydney and then settling in Brisbane. The family moved back to Ireland for several years to care for Isla’s elderly grandparents.

Isla took a great interest in Irish history at school in Whitegate, County Cork. Her great-grandfather and great-granduncles had all fought alongside Michael Collins and served in the Free State Army under his leadership.

Despite being just 12 years old, Isla shows great promise as a poet and her poem has reached more than 50,000 people all over the world on Facebook. It was also shared by Micheal Collins House, a museum dedicated to the life and times of the revolutionary, soldier and politician, in Clonakilty, County Cork.

You can hear Isla’s interview at 11.30am Irish time (9.30pm Queensland time) on December 17 at www.96fm.ie

The Ballad of Michael Collins

1916 was the start, the war in full commence,
When British troops were swarming in to slaughter and dispense,
Against the Empire’s daunting might, Ireland stood no chance,
When Michael Collins heard the news and came to take a stance.

He joined the Easter Rising, allied by Plunkett n’ Pearse,
They seized the grandest buildings to face a battle fierce,
The British were enraged and the Rebels they engaged,
Using brutal force, war on Dublin had been waged.

Furious were the citizens, their home had been destroyed,
Their relatives deceased and their souls devoid of joy,
The once thriving streets, now blown up and aflame,
And so they thought the Rebels were the only ones to blame.

Cornered up with guns, the rebellion’s state was bleak,
Arrested by the British with their spirits far from weak,
The cruel retribution saw 2,000 sent to camps,
And the brave leaders’ fates were sealed harshly with a stamp.

15 killed by firing squad, without a trial or care,
Connolly so wounded he was shot tied in a chair,
With the barbarism shown, Irish anger had arose,
And turned the former traitors into national heroes.

By the time of Collin’s release, plans were brewing in his head,
Of how he could prevent Ireland’s suffering and dread,
He motivated an army and beat the British crown,
Guerrilla tactics he invented were used to bring them down.

Dáil Éireann was established, but it came with a price,
Half a country only, the rich north the Brits would slice,
Civil war engulfed the land, Collins ambushed with a gun,
Ireland’s greatest hero shot down at 31.

1916 was the start, the war in full commence,
When British troops were swarming in to slaughter and dispense,
He’d fought strong like a lion, saving Ireland Collins swore,
He hadn’t won the battle, but he had won the war.

Celtic Woman Reschedule Australian Tour Dates

Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, Celtic Woman have been forced to postpone their forthcoming Australian tour. The concerts were due to commence on September 12 and tour is rescheduled to January 2014. New dates and some venue changes are listed below. Tickets for the original dates will be valid for the new dates and those ticket holders who wish to obtain refunds should request a refund from point of purchase by 31st August 2013.

Celtic Woman’s Susan McFadden says, “We are truly sorry for any inconvenience we have caused our Australian fans and promise that when we come over in January we will put on a show to remember!”

 “We are sorry for any inconvenience to the fans. We are pleased we could reschedule the tour and not cancel”, said Leon Spellson from Nine Live, the Promoter of the Australian Tour.

Brisbane’s concert has now moved to Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre tickets are transferable for the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. New seated tickets for Brisbane Entertainment Centre will be automatically posted out to current seated ticket holders after 31st August 2013. Additional tickets for the Brisbane Entertainment Centre are available from www.ticketek.com.au.

Perth’s concert has been moved to the Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Perth Arena tickets are transferable for the Riverside Theatre. New seated tickets for The Riverside Theatre will be automatically posted out to current seated ticket holders after 31st August. Additional tickets for The Riverside Theatre can be purchased from www.ticketek.com.au.

JANUARY 2014 TOUR DATES

 Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Sunday, 12 January, 5.30pm

Newcastle – Newcastle Entertainment Centre – Wednesday, 15 January, 7.30pm

Wollongong – WIN Entertainment Centre, Thursday, 16 January, 7.30pm

Sydney – Sydney Entertainment Centre, Friday, 17 January, 7.30pm

Canberra – Royal Theatre, Saturday, 18 January, 7.30pm

Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, Sunday, 19 January, 5.30pm

Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Tuesday, 21 January, 7.30pm

Perth – Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, Friday, 24 January,       7.30pm

Tickets are on sale now. Book at ticketek.com.au / 132 849