O’Donoghue, Gregory

Gregory O’Donoghue was born in Cork in 1951, where he studied in UCC under Sean Lucy and John Montague.

Gregory O'Donoghue
Gregory O'Donoghue. Image The Dedalus Press

After some years as an academic in Canada, in 1980 he moved to Lincolnshire where he worked freight trains between South Derbyshire and King’s Cross, Nottingham and Skegness. He then moved back to Cork.
The youngest contributor to the Faber Book of Irish Verse, his books are Kicking (Dublin, The Gallery Press, 1975); the interim collection The Permanent Way (Cork, The Three Spires Press, 1996); Making Tracks (Dublin, Dedalus, 2001); and Ghost Dance (Dedalus, 2006).

To mark the Cork Year of Culture, he translated A Visit to the Clockmaker by Kristin Dimitrova (Southward Editions, Cork 2005 Translation Series S.)

He co-facilitated the Thursday workshops of the Munster Literature Centre and was poetry editor of the journal Southword.

In 2004 he was a recipient of an artist’s bursary from Cork City Council.

He died in Cork in 2005.



Gregory O’Donoghue at Dedalus Press

The Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Competition

An Appreciation at MunsterLit

Gregory O’Donoghue at The National Library of Ireland