The tower of Saint Kevin built beside the two Loughs
Is it more precious than some later rocks?
Built skyward of industry in a more populous vale
The towers of power with a different tale
Built for another God of an alternate race
Purely to perform at a much greater pace?
Saint Kevin's to nurture and protect all mankind
Those of Saint Patrick to pump and to wind
To rob the riches of the valley's earth
Whilst playing a part in creating its dearth
Both to remain to the present day
As symbols of what? Can one really say?
Life and death belong to all of these towers
Which of them directed by the cruellest powers?
Where was the profit in Kevin's domain?
Who did Avoca's metals sustain?
Where was the love and true affection?
Do the graves of Macadam show a true reflection?
These towers all play a part in Wicklow fame
The holy one to the memory, the others the same
One viewed by many, Ballymurtagh's by few
A sharing of feelings may be long overdue
All have the beauty of ancient toilings
Only Avoca is left with the tailings and spoilings
The memory of miners now long since gone
Their smiles and goodwill still lingers with some
But many forgotten lay beneath the ground
Where their living and ending was to be found
God bless all the martyrs of Avoca and Cronebane
and Tigrony I wish you the same