Biography of Bernard Kennedy
Born Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland of Waterford Chemist father and Longford mother
Educated De La Salle College, Churchtown, Dublin.
Holy Cross Seminary, ordained 1979.
Taught Religious Studies in Schools, Sallynoggin, and Balbriggan, Dublin.
Trained as a Freudian Psychoanalyst, Holds M.A. University of Sheffield,2000, and,
M.Sc.School of Psychotherapy, University College Dublin (2002)
works at Beechwood Parish, Ranelagh, Dublin. www.beechwoodparish.com
Has written Essays for
The Furrow (thefurrow.ie)
The Letter (The letter.ie)
Intercom, Studies, (www.irishstudiesreview.ie) and other publications.& Lacanian- Psychoanalysis (online)
Bernard Kennedy's Works:
Context Reality Poems.1988.
Leaves of Autumn: Poems (1998)
The Poet's Tower & Love Poems. (2000)
Berlin, Berlin, (2001)
online at www.mourne.net (guest poet)
Bernard Kennedy Poems
Old Faithful Dog
I never thought him dead. Only running in the park, and sitting stretched by fire, or with his paw,
Summer is brought through this lemon zest of colour- reflected under the chin,
I remember a young boy once envious cried out, on seeing his sisters birthday card, 'there's only one number on mine'.
from where? For Who? Coming out? Of What? If we view from the window we see a limited and framed
I met my father, on the hill of the road, at kilmashogue. he was striding down from
July Morning Mindfullness
The summer morning, it rises to the sound of dogs greeting day, in garden near, and Fuschia, waking in the morn
A Birthday Celebration
A joy rings out, throughout, family, neighbourhood and clan, 'thou art here', born, now, joy is ours.
Gypsy Dance of love
We danced like gypsies in the heat of day, and matched our colors bright and gay, and music strings brought tears of love, and bands of strolling players moved above,
Canary with Cat
The Canary, yellow and small, sang on the sill looking in, through the window. The Cat, looking up from the lawn,
Stillness & Thomas Merton
Mertonian can mean silence and hermitage, and hermit like trust, in, waiting, knowing we are carried
Like a pilot light it is there and begins to spread, this steely bright sparkling startling light, encourage us in nature's winter way. Never gloom but waiting hope
Beechwood Centenary Steeple
As the tram lifts over Charlemont going south, it comes to view. The centenary steeple of Beechwood church and gathering place,
Romero and Jesuit Martyrs
March 24 1980, it rings a bell? As the bell sounded and chalice raised, contained the Blood of Christ, shots rang in El Salvador and
St. Agnes' day
it was colder yet, the day after, though years later, from the Eve. The mice, early move through the back rooms, on kitchen floor, tip toe.
Advent hymn to Christ
I watch the sweep towards Benbulbin,
from Ladies Brae,
of sheep hill, and cattle fold,
I listen to the wind that
at night can winter howl,
and summer can carpet, like a
bride and groom wedding view.
The climbers towards the hill,