MacIntyre, Tom

Tom MacIntyre
Tom MacIntyre. Image source gallerypress.com

Tom MacIntyre was born in Cavan in 1931.

A dual-language writer, his poetry collections include Blood Relations: Versions of Gaelic Poems of the Seventeeth and Eighteenth Centuries (Dublin, New Writers’ Press, 1972); I Bailed Out at Ardee (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 1987); Fleur-du-Lit (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1994); A Glance Will Tell You and A Dream (The Dedalus Press, 1994); Ag Caint Leis An mBanríon (Baile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, 1997); Stories of the Wandering Moon (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2000); ABC/New Poems (Dublin, New Island Books, 2006); Encountering Zoe: New and Selected Poetry (New Island Books, 2010); and Poppy’s Leavetaking (New Island Books, 2013).

His drama includes The Great Hunger (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage, 1983-6), which toured internationally; Good Evening, Mr Collins (1997); Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire (1998); his version of Cúirt An Mhean Oiche/The Midnight Court (1999); and The Gallant John-Joe (McGrory’s of Culdaff,County Donegal, 2001).
His plays have been published as The Great Hunger: Poem into Play, (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1983); Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, (Dublin: Cois Life, 1998) Cúirt An Mhean Oiche/The Midnight Court (Dublin: Cois Life,1999). His work has been included in New Plays from the Abbey Theatre 1993-1995, (Syracuse University Press, 1997) and The Dazzling Dark: New Irish Plays (ed. Frank McGuinness, London: Faber, 1996).

His short fiction includes Dance the Dance (London, Faber & Faber, 1969); The Harper’s Turn (with an introduction by Seamus Heaney, Oldcastle, Co Meath, The Gallery Press, 1982); and The Word for Yes, New and Selected Stories (The Gallery Press, 1991).

He has also published a novel, The Charollais (Faber & Faber, 1969); and a work of non-fiction, Through the Bridewell Gate: A Diary of the Dublin Arms Trial, (Faber & Faber, 1971)

Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire won the Stewart Parker Prize in 1999; and The Gallant John Joe won The Irish Times/ ESB Irish Theatre Best New Play Award in 2002.

He is a member of Aosdána, and lives in Co Cavan.


Tom MacIntyre at Irish Playography
Tom MacIntyre at The Gallery Press
Tom MacIntyre at The National Library of Ireland


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