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Pádraig Ó Tuama

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Pádraig Ó Tuama

Pádraig Ó Tuama received a BA (Div) from Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, and an MTh from Queens University Belfast. He is the author of the poetry collections Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community (2017), Sorry for Your Troubles (2013) and Readings from the Books of Exile (2012), all published by Canterbury Press in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World (Hodder & Stoughton, 2015), a book of spiritual reflection.

From 2014-2019, Ó Tuama was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organization, which works with over 10,000 people a year to transform division through human encounters, with focuses on sectarianism, marginalization, public theology and the legacies of conflict. Ó Tuama lives in Ireland.

by this poet



When I was a child,
I learnt to lie.

When I was a child
my parents said that sometimes,
lives are protected
by an undetected
light lie of

When I was a child,
I learnt to lie.

Now, I am more than twenty five
and I’m alive
because I’ve


chapter one

there are no chapters


chapter two

he has been moved beyond belief


chapter three

and he is inching toward glory
with only his own story on his back
he has patched up holes that opened
where his coverings have cracked


It is both a dignity and                                                          
a difficulty
to live between these

perceiving politics
in the syntax of
the state.

And at the end of the day,
the reality is
that whether we
or whether we stay