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and it filled all the house where they were sitting.’10 In a different spirit, the occasional anti-Christian sardonicism of another compassionate humanist poet, Paul Durcan, falls back on the terminology of religion in poems such as ‘The seminary’ and squibs such as ‘Irish hierarchy bans colour photography’. And Durcan’s apparent iconoclasm can be subtle too, as in the wonderful poem on the death of the Punk singer Sid Vicious which suddenly ends in a prayer: ‘Jesus, break his fall!’11 Like many other twentieth-century Irish poets, the language of religion is Durcan

in Irish Catholic identities