Born Patrick Joseph O’Connor in Belfast in 1924, Padraic Fiacc adopted his pseudonym at the urging of Padraic Colum.
His family emigrated to New York, but he returned to Belfast in 1946.
His collections include Woe to the Boy (1957); By the Black Stream (Dublin, The Dolmen Press, 1969); Odour of Blood (Kildare, The Goldsmith Press, 1973); Nights in the Bad Place (Belfast, The Blackstaff Press, 1977); The Selected Padraic Fiacc (The Blackstaff Press, 1979); Missa Terriblis (The Blackstaff Press, 1986); Ruined Pages (The Blackstaff Press, 1994); Semper vacare (Belfast, The Lagan Press, 1999); and Red Earth (The Lagan Press).
He has edited The Wearing of the Black (The Blackstaff Press, 1974).
His awards include the Æ Memorial Award (1957); a major bursary from The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and a Poetry Ireland Award in 1981.
A member of Aosdána, he lives in Belfast.
Pádraic Fiacc at Culture Northern Ireland