Sacrificial Overkill.

Old Croghan Man, currently on display National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street.

Old Croghan Man, currently on display National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street.

Sacrificial Overkill.

Tanned groom, remains,

Leveled under-world,

Belly full, while his people starved;

Failed kingship, a triple edged sword.

Garroted with a willow noose,

Biceps pierced with Hazel withies,

Slashed, stabbed, blunt forces bashes,

Life crossed over, bronzed brackish waters

Three ways to kill a king,

To be sure, to be sure, to be sure.

By Julie Corcoran.

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