Lisa Frank

Frank, Lisa

Lisa Frank was born in Los Angeles but spent many years living in the Pacific Northwest before moving to Ireland in 2007. Her first publication, […]

Mícheál Ó hAodha

Ó hAodha, Mícheál

Mícheál Ó hAodha was born in 1969. His poems are collected in the dual-language Survivor/Dúchas Dóchasach: Representations of the New Irish ([with paintings by Jean […]

Declan Collinge

Collinge, Declan

Declan Collinge was born in Dublin. His poetry collections are Sealgaireacht (Báile Átha Cliath, Clóchomhar Teo, 1982); Faoi Léigear (Báile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, 1986); Fearful […]

Tom Paulin

Paulin, Tom

Tom Paulin was born in Leeds in 1949 but grew up in Belfast. His poetry collections include A State Of Justice (London, Faber & Faber, […]

Chris Arthur

Arthur, Chris

Chris Arthur was born in Belfast in 1955, and lived for many years in Lisburn, County Antrim. His three books of essays are Irish Nocturnes […]

Maeve Binchy

Binchy, Maeve

Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin in 1940. Her story collections are Central Line (Dublin, Ward River Press, 1977/London, Quartet, 1978); Victoria Line (Ward River […]

John Broderick

Broderick, John

John Broderick was born in Athlone in 1924. His novels include The Pilgrimage (London, Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1961), published in the U.S. as The Chameleons […]

Hubert Butler

Butler, Hubert

Hubert Butler was born in Kilkenny in 1900. He is recognized as the most distinctive Irish essayists, writing in the highest traditions of Swift and […]

Joyce Carey

Cary, Joyce

Joyce Cary was born Arthur Joyce Lunel in Derry City in 1888, the family home being Castle Cary in Inishowen, Co Donegal. He settled in […]

Anthony Cronin

Cronin, Anthony

Anthony Cronin was born in Co Wexford in 1928. His many works include the novels The Life of Riley (London, Secker & Warburg, 1964); and […]

Gerald Dawe

Dawe, Gerald

Gerald Dawe was born in Belfast in 1952. His poetry collections are Sheltering Places (1978); The Lundys Letter (The Gallery Press, 1985), for which he […]

Cecil Day-Lewis

Day-Lewis, Cecil

Cecil Day-Lewis was born in Ballintubbert, County Laois, in 1904. After his mother died in 1906, his father brought him to London, and was raised […]

Edgeworth, Maria

Maria Edgeworth was born on New Year’s Day 1767, at Blackbourton, Oxfordshire. In 1782 she settled in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford with her father Richard Lovell […]

Desmond Fennell

Fennell, Desmond

Desmond Fennell was born in Belfast in 1929 and grew up in Dublin. His books are Mainly in Wonder (London, Hutchinson, 1959); The Changing Face of […]

Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Fitzmaurice, Gabriel

Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born in Moyvane, Co Kerry, in 1952. A former Chair and Literary Advisor of Writers’ Week, the Writers’ Conference in Listowel, Co. […]

Oliver Goldsmith

Goldsmith, Oliver

Oliver Goldsmith was born on November 10th, 1730. His birthplace is disputed but it is most probably Pallasmore, Co. Longford. At the age of eight […]

Nuala O'Faolain

O’Faolain, Nuala

Nuala O’Faolain was born in Dublin in 1940. Her autobiographical books are Are You Somebody? (Dublin, New Island Books, 1996/New York, Owl Books, Henry Holt […]

Eamonn Grennan

Grennan, Eamon

Eamon Grennan was born in Dublin in 1941. His poetry collections are Wildly for Days (Oldcastle, Co Meath, Gallery Press, 1983); What Light There Is […]

James Hanley

Hanley, James

James Hanley claimed he was born in Dublin on 3 September 1901, but was actually born in Liverpool in 1897 to Irish parents. His novel […]

Trudy Hayes

Hayes, Trudy

Trudy Hayes was born in Dublin in 1962. Her short stories have been widely published and anthologised, and she was nominated for a Sunday Tribune […]

Seamus Heaney

Heaney, Seamus

Seamus Heaney was born in Derry in 1939. His bibliography is vast, his work encompassing poetry, criticism, theatre and translation. His major poetry collections are […]

Kevin Higgins

Higgins, Kevin

Kevin Higgins was born in London in 1967, but grew up in Galway City. His collections are The Boy With No Face (The Cliffs of […]

Peter Jankowsky

Jankowsky, Peter

Peter Jankowsky was born in Berlin in 1939. He studied acting in Berlin and worked for ten years with a number of German theatre companies. […]

John Jordan

Jordan, John

John Jordan was born in Dublin in 1930. His poetry collections are Patrician Stations (Dublin, New Writers Press, 1971); A Raft from Flotsam (Dublin, The […]

Patrick Kavanagh

Kavanagh, Patrick

Patrick Kavanagh was born in Inniskeen, County Monaghan in 1904. His poetry volumes are Ploughman & Other Poems (London, MacMillan Contemporary Poets Series, 1936); The […]

John B.Keane

Keane, John B.

John B. Keane was born in Listowel, Co Kerry in 1928. He published forty-six works, but is best known for his plays which inlcude Sive; […]

Thomas Lynch

Lynch, Thomas

Thomas Lynch is an essayist, poet and director of Lynch & Sons funeral home in Milford, Michigan, where he was born in 1948. His poetry […]

Thomas McGonigle

McGonigle, Thomas

Thomas McGonigle was born of Donegal ancestry in Patchogue, Long Island, New York in 1944, and has had a deep connection with Ireland since 1964. […]

Hugh Maxton

Maxton, Hugh (McCormack, W.J.)

Hugh Maxton (pseudonym of W.J. McCormack) was born near Aughrim in Co Wicklow in 1947. He lived intermittently in Hungary over a period of ten […]

John Montague

Montague, John

John Montague was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1929 and reared on the family farm in Co Tyrone. His poetry includes Forms of Exile […]

George Moore

Moore, George

George Augustus Moore was born on February 24, 1852 in County Mayo. His collections of stories include In Single Strictness (London, Heinemann, 1922/ New York, […]

Helena Mulkerns

Mulkerns, Helena

Helena Mulkerns was born in Dublin and has lived abroad for much of her adult life. Her first story collection is Ferenji and Other Stories […]

Paul Muldoon

Muldoon, Paul

Paul Muldoon was born in Co Armagh in 1951. His main works are New Weather (London: Faber & Faber, 1973); Mules (Faber & Faber and […]

Murphy, Michael

Michael Murphy was born in Liverpool in 1965. His poetry collections are After Attila (Nottingham, Shoestring Press, 1998), Elsewhere (Shoestring Press, 2003), and Allotments (Shoestring […]

Murphy, Paul

Paul Murphy was born in Belfast in 1965. He has published one collection, In the Luxembourg Gardens (Salzburg, Poetry Salzburg, 1992), and T.S. Eliot’s Postmodernist […]

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Ní Dhomhnaill, Nuala

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill was born in Lancashire in 1952, of Irish parents, and was brought up in the Dingle Gaeltacht and in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. […]

Sean O'Casey

O’Casey, Sean

Sean O’Casey was born John Casey in Dublin in 1880. His major plays are his Three Dublin Plays: The Shadow of a Gunman (Dublin, The […]

Dennis O'Driscoll

O’Driscoll, Dennis

Dennis O’Driscoll was born in Thurles, Co Tipperary, in 1954. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review, he was one of Ireland’s most widely published […]

Michael O'Loughlin

O’Loughlin, Michael

Michael O’Loughlin was born in Dublin in 1958. His poetry collections are Stalingrad: The Street Dictionary (Dublin, Raven Press, 1980); Atlantic Blues (Dublin, Raven Arts […]

James Plunkett

Plunkett, James

James Plunkett (James Plunkett Kelly) was born in Dublin in 1920. As well as fiction, he wrote radio and television features, and film scripts. Big […]

Rowley, Rosemarie

Rosemarie Rowley was born in Dublin in 1942. Her poetry publications include The Broken Pledge (Dublin, Martello, Tallaght, 1985); The Sea of Affliction (Dublin, Rowan […]

George Bernard Shaw

Shaw, George Bernard

George Bernard Shaw was born in 1856 at 33 Synge Street, Dublin. His place of birth is now a museum in his honour. His novels […]

Jonathan Swift

Swift, Jonathan

Jonathan Swift was born on the 30 November 1667, at 7 Hoey’s Court, Dublin. His father, according to the Cabinet of Irish Literature, was a […]

Eamonn Wall

Wall, Eamonn

Eamonn Wall was born in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford in 1955. He has published two chapbooks, The Tame Goose (New York, The Hale Press, 1990); and […]


Yeats, William Butler

William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin on June 13, 1865. With Lady Gregory and others, he founded the Irish Literary Theatre, from which developed […]