Caring for ill mother inspired poetry


Award winning poet Monica Corish wrote her new collection, 'A Dying Language' during the six months she cared for her terminally ill mother.

Teresa Corish, 79 from Doon, Co Limerick was diagnosed with terminal cancer in May 2011 and died the following November.

Monica who lives in Kinlough is a trained nurse and cared for Teresa in her own home until her death. Monica said they got invaluable support from home care nurses from Milford Hospice during this time.

Monica said, “For six months I travelled every week by train from Leitrim to Limerick, writing my way through those journeys, coming to terms with what was happening, making sense of the changes in my mother, the strains in our family, and my own reactions – the writing of the poems helped to contain my grief.”

In the months following her mother’s death she began to realise that the poems had a “universal quality” despite being particular to one death, one family and one set of relationships.

Monica said, “It has been suggested to me that the collection describes a particularly Irish way of death, and I can see how that might be true.”

The new book is published by The Irish Hospice Foundation. 50c of profits from the sale of this book will go to the Irish Hospice Foundation and to local hospices.

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