Somers, Dermot

Dermot Somers
Dermot Somers. Image source dermotsomers.com
Dermot Somers was born in Roscommon, in 1947.

His short story collections are Mountains And Other Ghosts (London, Diadem Books, 1990); At The Rising of the Moon (London, Bàton Wicks/Cork, Collins Press, 1994), which won the The Boardman Tasker Prize and the Culture and Environment Award, Banff Mountain Books Festival, 1994; Rince ar na Ballaí (Baile Átha Cliath, Cois Life, 2002), which won the Oireachtas Award for Literature, 2002; and Collected Short Stories (Bàton Wicks, 2004).

His other published work includes Endurance, subtitled Heroic Journeys in Ireland (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 2005), and Buaic (Baile Átha Cliath, Cois Life, 2006).

He has made three television series for TG4 and RTÉ: Cuairt na Cruinne (Best Documentary Award, Celtic Film & TV Festival, for a programme about the Eiger); An Bealach ó Dheas, and Turas Feasa. He has also made travel programmes in Siberia (2001) and in the Sahara (2002).

He lives in Drogheda, Co. Louth


Dermot Somer’s website

Dermot Somers at The National Library of Ireland


One thought on “Somers, Dermot

  1. Would love to ask Dermot a question…based on what he knows (or surmises) about na fianna and the like, were they the original “ultra-runners”? Running long long distances routinely. Perhaps they hunted by running? (the questions come from having read a book entitled Born To Run which discusses the hypothesis that humans are designed for long distance runs (outrunning horses/deer etc.) and it was a primary method of hunting)

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