Cumhdach is a Poem in Irish and English written by Máirtín Coilféir, an Assistant Professor at St. Michael’s College. This chapbook was designed and printed by Deborah Barnett, the College’s Printer, in three letterpress inks and a blind impression, with a laser-cut and etched cover. The papers were made from cotton at La Papeterie St-Armand in Québec. Wrapped in sheep’s vellum from Pergamena in Montgomery, New York, Cumhdach is available in a numbered edition of 52 copies signed by the author.

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Cumhdach Details

What is a CUMHDACH?


  1. To build, construct physical objects, and by extension to compose something in language;
  2. To protect, support, help, defend both people and objects;
  3. A cover, a case or a shrine for valuables (like a book or relic);
  4. To adorn or ornament, or the ornament itself;
  5. To embellish or heighten language in poetry or writing.

Adapted from: eDIL s.v. cumtach

Poetry selections from Cumhdach

Written by Máirtín Coilféir, Assistant Professor, St. Michael’s College.

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  • at the century’s turn
  • I’d hang it just so
  • from a nail in the wall
  • (To spite all the mice)
  • Before I’d go hunkers again
  • And take up my work
  • On my copy of scripture
  • Alongside my brothers
  • And when I’d be
  • down in a crouch
  • All aprayer in front
  • of the hovering bag
  • What I’d hear in its rustle
  • were hides from my home –
  • faoi chasadh an chéid dhom
  • Le cúram a chrochainn
  • ar thairne sa mballa é
  • Le dúshlán na luchóg a thabhairt
  • Sula dtéinn an athuair síos
  • ar mo ghogaide ag breacadh
  • Mo chuidse den scrioptúr
  • le taobh na mbráithre
  • Is thíos dom mar sin ag adhradh
  • roimh mhála ar foluain
  • Ba é chloisinn dá shioscadh ná
  • tiacha m’fhearainn fhéin i gcéin –

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Cumhdach costs $425.00 CAD plus shipping. Tax is included.