Welcome to Irish Writers Online

Irish Writers Online is a no-frills bio-bibliographical compendium of some 700 Irish writers, and related resources. It is used by students, academics, media and lovers of Irish Literature from more than 170 countries.

See alphabetical list or search to find an author.


Philip Casey

Philip Casey. Irish Writers. Photo Karina Casey

My name is Philip Casey and apart from being a novelist and poet, I’m the begetter and maintainer of Irish Writers Online.
In 2014 I set up my own publishing label, to publish my backlist and all future work. You can access eMaker Editions here – (I’m running a summer Kindle sale of all my titles, 99p|99c, if you want to support this site!)

You can read my Irish Writers Online entry here

Contacting writers

Please note that due to so many visitors mistaking the comment box as a direct contact to authors, I have been forced to close the comments facility. Alas, I am not in contact with the vast majority of the writers listed. In general, if you’re seeking to contact an author, the best thing to do is contact a writer’s publisher. See Irish Publishers which may help in this regard.


This is a democratic and inclusive website. Provided the body of a writer’s work fulfills the above criteria, there is no intention to exclude anyone.

If someone is not in IWO, it merely means that I am one person with limited spare time and have either unintentionally overlooked, or have been unaware of the omitted writer.

If you think a writer should be included, please contact me, but read the criteria for inclusion first.(See Below) If you have information on a writer, so much the better – send it. I would appreciate if you studied the format before sending information.

Criteria for Inclusion

At least one published poetry or short story collection, novel, play or script, or if it’s a play or film, produced professionally. Books, including electronically published books should have an ISBN.

Please read some sample entries to get an idea of the bare bones format. Essentially: Name, place of birth, year of birth (optional) books, place of publication, publisher, year. Any awards, where living now (optional). Do include your website address if you have one. It’s helpful to mention your discipline or disciplines eg novelist, poet, or novelist and poet, etc.

For those who do not understand Irish,

file means poet; drámadóir means dramatist; and úrscéalaí means novelist.They are used here to denote a writer who writes primarily or exclusively in Irish.

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