O’Donnell, Mary

Mary O’Donnell was born in Co Monaghan.

Mary O'Donnell
Mary O'Donnell. Image Aosdána

Her poetry collections are Reading the Sunflowers in September (The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon, 1991); Spiderwoman’s Third Avenue Rhapsody (Salmon Poetry, 1993); Unlegendary Heroes (Salmon Publishing, 1998); September Elegies (Belfast, Lapwing Publications, 2003); The Place of Miracles: New & Selected Poems(Dublin, New Island Books, 2006); and The Arc Builders (Todmorden, UK, Arc Publications, 2009).

Her story collections are Strong Pagans (Dublin, Poolebeg, 1991); and Storm Over Belfast (New Island Books, 2008.

Her novels are The Light-Makers (Poolebeg, 1992), which was named The Sunday Tribune Best New Novel of 1992; Virgin and the Boy (Poolebeg, 1996); and The Elysium Testament (London, Trident Press, 1999).
Her awards include the William Aillingham Award, the Listowel Writers’ Week Award, a Hennessy Award and she was twice nominated for an Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literary Award for poetry.

She is a member of Aosdána, and lives in Co Kildare.



Mary O’Donnell’s Website from which her books can be purchased.

Mary O’Donnell on Twitter

Mary O’Donnell at The National Library of Ireland


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