Who killed Blair Peach? by Sean Hutton

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WHO KILLED BLAIR PEACH? CÉ MHARAIGH BLAIR PEACH?
Who killed Blair Peach? Cé mharaigh Blair Peach?
“We,” said the parents, “Muidne,” arsa na tuismitheoirí,
“we killed him. “muidne a mharaigh é.

We penny pinched. Charn muid na pingneachaí
We did without. Rinne muid gan rudaí.

We knew that Reds and immigrants Bhí a fhios again gur súmairí
were spongers. Deargaigh is lucht inimirce.

We killed him.” Muidne a mharairgh é.”

Who killed Blair Peach? Cé mharaigh Blair Peach?

“I did,” said the teacher, “Mise,” arsan múinteoir,
“I killed him. “mise a mharaigh é.

I quelled the spark of inspiration, Mise a mhúch an splanc feasa,
and moulded my pupils, a mhúnlaigh mo dhaltaí,

by regurgitation of lopsided rubbish, le buinneachántacht chlaon,
towards mass-produced non-thinking. do smaointe olltáirgeacha.

I killed him.” Mise a mharaigh é.”

Who killed Blair Peach? Cé mharaigh Blair Peach?

“I did,”said the minister, “Mise,” arsan ministéir
“the Chief Constable and I. “mise is an tArd-Chonstábla.

We rationalised a God, Muidne a chuir réasún ar Dhia,
replacing love with retribution. dubhdhíoltas in áit an ghrá.

We detect in every corner Faigheann muid i ngach cúinne
the stink of sin. boladh bréan an pheaca.

We killed him.” Muidne a mharaigh é.”

Who killed Blair Peach? Cé mharaigh Blair Peach?

“Nobody killed him,” “Níor mharaigh aoinne é,”
the calm, assured young policeman said, arsa póilín óg go dearfa ciúin,
“he just fell down “is amhlaidh gur thit sé síos
with a pain in his head.” agus pian ina cheann.”

Seán Hutton, Gairdín mo Sheanuncail (1983)

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