‘The passion of creation. A resting of being once more’

The late Matt Hodd, as featured on the GoFundMe page

THE family of Matt Hodd, the popular ecologist and poet who died in Killarney last weekend, has set up a GoFundMe page to help offset the funeral costs incurred.

A talented wordsmith, Matt, 42, was well known in the town through his involvement in the novel Poetry in the Park sessions and for his contribution to the history of Glenflesk GAA Club which is currently being worked on.

He is the son of Trish and the late Toby Hodd, father of Gwyddion and the brother of Stephen, Dylan and Rory.

A celebration of Matt’s life was held in O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney on Tuesday evening and the family started the GoFundMe page “to ease the financial burden of giving Matt a decent send-off”.
Following cremation, his ashes will be scattered on a family garden where trees will be planted which, they family says, will “begin the renewal of Matt in the form of nature in which his spirit will forever flourish”.

The GoFundMe page, which can be found here https://uk.gofundme.com/matthodd, features one of Matt’s poems which he penned on April 8 last.


There is a rage within needing to be gentled,
Only dancing can help sometimes,
That warm lilt as bodies sway together creates cooling balm for the soul,
About turn takes the sting out of life,
Your role becomes the cosmos in union with rhythm and movement.
A stirring saxophone sings its jazz inflected melody across the throng as it gives way to octobeats of mambo, bachata and traditional set,
Becoming a deep groove of African freestyle:
A gyration of forms,
Emotional freedom,
The passion of creation.
A resting of being once more.

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