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Northern Ireland is dead small
1.6 million souls in all.
Half of them round Belfast town,
The rest scattered up and down
In towns and townlands big and small
Some hardly any size at all.
We’ve Nobel winners very many,
Four for Peace and Seamus Heaney,
Who’s touched upon our Troubles past
In better verse than this alas.
And in his poems he describes
A complex seizure very mild.1
Better than in any book;
You really ought to take a look.
And so since we have just begun
You’ll see his picture, figure one.
We now have twelve neurologists.
Or more? My maths is in a twist.
Our Health Department, in a daze,
Said we should all be Belfast-based,
Cover the province with a cloak
Or if you like by hub-and-spoke
A model which is tried and tested
And probably cannot be bested.
Before the ink was barely dry