Iremonger, Valentin

Sandymount, Dublin
Sandymount, Dublin. Image source

Valentin Iremonger was born in Dublin in 1918. A career diplomat, he served as Irish Ambassador to Sweden, Norway, Finland, India and Luxembourg.

With Samuel Beckett and Brian Coffey, he is credited with introducing modernism to Irish poetry.

His poetry collections include One Recent Evening (London: Resurgam Books/The Favil Press, 1944 [with Robert Greacen and Bruce Williamson]); On the Barricades (Dublin, New Frontier, 1944 [with Robert Greacen and Bruce Williamson]); Reservations (Dublin, Envoy/London, MacMillan, 1950); Horan’s Field and Other Reservations (Dublin, The Dolmen Press, 1972); and Sandymount, Dublin/New and Selected Poems (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 1988).

In 1945 he won the Æ Memorial Prize for a manuscript collection of poems. He was poetry editor of Envoy from 1949 to 1951.

He translated Dialann Deoraí, by Dónall Mac Amhlaigh, as An Irish Navvy (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1964); and Rothar Mór an tSaoil, by Micí Mac Gabhann as The Hard Road to Klondyke (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973). He also published a translation of Rilke into Irish in a dual-language edition, as Beatha Mhuire /sraith dhánta Ghearmáinise le Rainer Maria Rilke (Baile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, 1990).

His radio play Wrap Up My Green Jacket was broadcast by the BBC.

He edited, with Robert Greacen, Contemporary Irish Poetry (London, Faber & Faber, 1949); and Irish Short Stories (Faber & Faber, 1960).

He died in Dublin in 1991.

Valentin Iremonger at The National Library of Ireland