In the darkness of despair we saw a vision,
We lit the light of hope, and it was not extinguished…
…We sent our vision aswim like a swan on the river.
The vision became reality…Bondage became freedom.
And this we left to you as your heritage.
O generation of freedom remember us, the generation of the vision…
-Liam Mac Uistin
These lines of thankfulness for the sacrifices of generations of rebels who brought independence to Ireland in 1921 were written in an Irish poetic genre known as the aisling. The latter was devised