This poem is part of the Poems for doctors project. You can find out more about the project here.

This the last reading in the current season of Poems for Doctors.

‘Beannacht’ (in the title) is Irish Gaelic. If you’d like to listen to pronunciation(s), please check:

Whatever your interest here – whether you’re a working in health care over the holiday season, or a patient or a relative worried about what happens next, or just a human caught up in some seasonal glancing, thinking back and peering ahead – this reading has something generous to offer.

Best wishes for a peaceful and Happy Christmas to all.

Season 3 : poem 7

Medical student Callum George reads Beannacht / Blessing by John O’Donohue.

Beannacht / Blessing

Rights for reprinting this poem here are pending, we hope to be able to add the text shortly.

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