About Homespun Sails

Homespun Sails is an anthology of work by us; students traveling through IES Abroad Dublin. We create all content and maintain the anthology. In addition to giving our work, we also give a million thanks to all of the wonderful professors and staff who have made this possible and inspired us to create during our studies. We also thank you, for taking time to read and view the pieces we have shared. All are welcome. 

From the Republic of Conscience


When I landed in the republic of conscience

it was so noiseless when the engines stopped

I could hear a curlew high above the runway.


At immigration, the clerk was an old man

who produced a wallet from his homespun coat

and showed me a photograph of my grandfather


The woman in customs asked me to declare

the words of our traditional cures and charms

to heal dumbness and avert the evil eye.


No porters. No interpreter. No taxi.

You carried your own burden and very soon

your symptoms of creeping privilege disappeared. 


Seamus Heaney

Poulami Wielga


Fall 2016 - Fall 2018

This body of work was collected from students studying on the Writers’ Program and the Irish Studies Program at IES Abroad Dublin during Fall 2016 - Fall 2018.


Mansell Ambrose


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