The Sligo Champion changed its masthead in the issue of 14 March 1914
Poems included in the Sligo Champion 1914
In 1914 the Sligo Champion published almost twice as many poems as it had done the previous year. At least eleven of the nineteen poems published were responses to the changing political situation and/or the outbreak of war.
The MP for South Sligo, John O'Dowd, a well-
O'Dowd's second poem, published in July, celebrates the achivement of Home Rule -
The MP's third poem is an elegy for a fellow MP, Edward Peter O'Kelly (1846 – 1914), MP for West Wicklow. Kelly died on 22 July so O'Dowd wrote the poem and had it published with great speed. The poem is a standard public lament with no attempt to press home any political sentiments.
The "March of the Volunteers", written just before the outbreak of war, is a standard rousing martial song to the air of a well-
"John Redmond Boys Hurray!" on the other hand, published in October, is an appeal for all to support Redmond in his stance on the war -
Two other poems reflect dissatisfaction with the general attitude to the Irish attitude to the war. Tom Kettle was an Irish Party MP, a member of the Volunteers, an economist, journalist, barrister and writer and his adaptation of Kipling's poem criticises the slow response of the Government to Redmond's offers while the same Government is appealing for enlistment in Ireland. "The Higland Brigade" points out the number of Irish who had enlisted.
"Erin Arise" is a rousing call to the country but is not clear on exactly what is to be risen to. "The Connaught Rangers" is on the other hand an unambiquous appeal for more Irishmen, especially those from "sleepy Connaught", to join the ranks. It repflects the growing official dissatisfaction at the lack of enthusiasm for enlisting among Irishmen especially those from rural areas.
Michael Kearns' "Sligo’s Christmas Greeting" is stubbornly positive, ignoring the war and claims that "the dreary night is ended, And the dawn has come at last". He appeals to exiles to return to Ireland now that the Home Rule bill is passed. In the same issue, Theodore O'Hara's "The Bivouac of the Dead" is a grim reminder of the realities of the war.
In Memory of the Martyrs
The Inmate's Dream
A Labourer's Lament
Everyone will be happy when Eliza comes to stay
A Niece's Tribute
In Memoriam/ E.P. Kelly, MP
March of the Volunteers
Song of the Volunteers
Paddy (After Mr. Kipling)
John Redmond Boys Hurrah!
The "Highland" Brigade
The Connaught Rangers
Sligo's Christmas Greeting. /To Her Exiles
The Bivouac of the Dead
John O'Dowd MP
J.D.S. The Workhouse, Tobercurry
John P. Raftery
John O'Dowd MP
John O'Dowd MP
Words by the Rev P.J. O'Loughlin. Ballinasloe.
Michael J. Kearns, Geevagh, Co. Sligo
A.C. Kelly's Restaurant, Wine St., Sligo
T.M. Kettle in Daily Chronicle
M. McGarvey, Finad in the Derry Journal
John O'Rourke, Breiffni Cottage, Dromahair
Spalpeen in Glasgow Star
Charles McCoy, Ballyara, Tobercurry
W.M. Letts in the Spectator