Hartnett, Michael

Michael Hartnett /Micheál Ó hAirtnéide was born in Co Limerick in 1944.

Michael Hartnett
Michael Hartnett. Image source michael-hartnett.com

His collections include Anatomy of a Cliché (Dublin, Poetry Ireland Editions 4, The Dolmen Press, 1968); The Old Hag of Beare (a translation from the Irish, Dublin, New Writers Press, 1969); Selected Poems (New Writers Press, 1970); Tao (versions from the Chinese, Dublin, Supplement to Arena, 1963, New Writers Press, 1972); Gypsy Ballads, a version of the Romancero Gitano of Frederico Garcia Lorca (Dublin, The Goldsmith Press, 1973, with a portrait of the poet by Edward Maguire); A Farewell to English (The Gallery Press, Dublin, 1975, enlarged edition 1978); Prisoners (The Gallery Press/ Mass. Deerfield Booklets, 1977); Adharca Broic (The Gallery Press, 1978); An Phurgóid (Dublin, Coiscéim, 1983); Do Nuala: Foighne Chrainn (Coiscéim, 1984); Collected Poems, Volume I (Dublin, Raven Arts Press/ Manchester, The Carcanet Press, 1984); Inchichore Haiku (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1985); Ó Bruadair, Selected Poems of Dáibhí Ó Bruadair (The Gallery Press, 1985); Collected Poems Volume II (Raven Arts Press, 1987/The Carcanet Press, 1987); A Necklace of Wrens , Poems in Irish and English (The Gallery Press,1987); Poems to Younger Women (The Gallery Press, 1988); Dánta Naomh Eoin na Croise (translation of the poems of St John of the Cross, Coiscéim, 1991); The Killing of Dreams (The Gallery Press, 1992); Haicéad (The Gallery Press, 1993); New and Selected Poems (The Gallery Press, 1995); Ó Rathaille The Poems of Aodhaghán Ó Rathaille (The Gallery Press, 1999); and Collected Poems (The Gallery Press, 2001).

He translated the Selected Poems of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (Raven Arts Press, 1986); co-wrote a play, An Lasair Choille, with Caitlín Maude (1961) and was co-editor, with James Liddy and Liam O’Connor, of Arena (1963-1965), and with Desmond Egan, of Choice (The Goldsmith Press, 1973).

He was also poetry editor of The Irish Times for a period.

He received an honorary licentiate from Trinity College, and was a recipient of the Irish-American Cultural Institute award (1980); the Arts Council/an Chomhairle Ealaíon award for best book in Irish (1986); the Irish American Cultural Institute award (1988), and the American Fund Literary Award (1990). He travelled widely as a guest lecturer, and, most recently before his death, on an extended tour of Canadian universities.

A founding member of both Irish Writers Union and Aosdána, he lived in Dublin for many years.

A statue of Michael Hartnett was unveiled in his native Newcastle West in April 2011.

He died on October 13, 1999.


Michael Hartnett’s Website, hosted by his son Niall

Notes From His Contemporaries: A Tribute to Michael Hartnett, By Niall Hartnett

Michael Hartnett at The Gallery Press

Michael Hartnett at The National Library of Ireland


Paul Durcan Reading at Michael Hartnett Statue Unveiling

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