Cathal Ó Searcaigh was born in Donegal and lives at the foot of Mount Errigal.
His collections of poetry include Homecoming/An Bealach ‘na Bhaile (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 1993); Na Buachaillí Bána (Lagan Press, 1995); An Tnúth leis an tSolas (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2001), for which he received 2001 The Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for the Irish language; and Gúru i gClúidíní (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2006).
His plays include Mairimid leis na Mistéirí Tá an Tóin at Titim as an tSaol; and Ghealaí, based on the story of Salomé (Letterkenny, An Grianán, 2001). He has been awarded the Seán Ó Riordáin Prize for Poetry in 1993 and the Duais Bhord na Gaeilge in 1995.
On the Side of Light: The Poetry of Cathal O Searcaigh (ed. James Doan, Frank Sewell, Galway, Arlen House, 2002), is an overview of his work and life.
He was awarded the Seán Ó Riordáin Prize for Poetry in 1993, the Duais Bhord na Gaeilge in 1995, and The American Ireland Fund Literary Award in 2006.
He is a member of Aosdána and lives in Donegal.
Cathal O’Searcaigh at the 2007 San Francisco International poetry festival
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