Michael Foley

Foley, Michael

Michael Foley was born Derry in 1947. His poetry collections are Heil Hitler (Portrush, Ulsterman Publications, 1969); The Acne and the Ecstasy (Ulsterman Publications, 1973); […]

Eimear McBride

McBride, Eimear

Eimear McBride was born in Liverpool but moved to Ireland with her family when she was three. She grew up in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo and […]

Gathering the Dead in the Garden

Kelly, John

John Kelly was born in Enniscorthy in 1963. His debut collection is Gathering the Dead in the Garden (Scalta Media, 2013). He lives and works […]

Madge Herron

Herron, Madge

Madge Herron was born in Gleann na mBuachaill (Glenaboghill) near Fintown Co.Donegal on the 3rd September 1916. Involved in amateur dramatics she moved to Dublin […]

Monk Gibbon

Gibbon, Monk

Monk Gibbon was born in Dublin in 1896. He studied in Oxford from 1915 but the following year year joined the British Army and served […]

They Tears Might Cease

Farrell, Michael

Michael Farrell was born in Carlow in September 1899. He studied Medicine at University College Dublin but was imprisoned in Mountjoy Jail for six months […]

Seán Haldane

Haldane, Seán

Seán Haldane was born in Sussex, England, of an Irish-Scots father and an English-German mother, in 1943. He grew up in Belfast. After university at […]

Philip Casey

Casey, Philip

Philip Casey was born to Irish parents in London in 1950 and grew up in Co Wexford. In 2014, he founded his own label, eMaker […]

Padraic Fallon

Fallon, Padraic 1946-2012

Padraic Fallon was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1946, the sixth and youngest son of the poet and playwright Padraic Fallon. He was chairman of […]

Padraic Fallon

Fallon, Padraic 1905-1974

Padraic Fallon was born in Athenry, Co Galway in 1905. His first poems were published in Dublin by George Russell His only collection during his […]

George Farquhar

Farquhar, George

George Farquhar was born in Derry (or Londonderry) in 1678, the son of a poor clergyman. He attended Trinity College Dublin as a sizar or […]

Bernard Farrell

Farrell, Bernard

Bernard Farrell was born in Sandycove, Co Dublin. His plays for theatre include I Do Not Like Thee, Dr. Fell (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, 1979); […]

Gerard Fanning

Fanning, Gerard

Gerard Fanning was born in Dublin in 1952. His collections are Easter Snow (Dublin, The Dedalus Press,1992); Working for the Government (Dedalus, 1999); Water and […]

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 […]

Padraig Fiacc

Fiacc, Pádraic

Born Patrick Joseph O’Connor in Belfast in 1924, Padraic Fiacc adopted his pseudonym at the urging of Padraic Colum. His family emigrated to New York, […]

Janice Fitzpatrick Simmons

Fitzpatrick Simmons, Janice

Janice Fitzpatrick Simmons was born in Boston in 1954. Her collections are Leaving America (Lapwing, 1992); Settler (Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon Publishing, 1995); […]

Leontia Flynn

Flynn, Leontia

Leontia Flynn was born in Belfast in 1974. She was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 2001. Her collections are These Days (London, Jonathan Cape, […]

Flynn, Gerard Mannix

Gerard Mannix Flynn (aka Mannix Flynn) was born in Dublin in 1957. His work has dealt with such issues as institutional abuse, imprisonment and injustice. […]

Brian Friel

Friel, Brian

Brian Friel was born in Co Tyrone in 1929. His short story collections are A Saucer of Larks (London, Gollancz, 1962) and The Gold in […]

Friel, Maeve

Maeve Friel was born in Derry in 1950. A prolific writer for children, The books in her Witch in Training series are Witch in Training […]

Patrick Galvin

Galvin, Patrick

Patrick Galvin was born in Cork in 1927. His poetry collections include Heart of Grace (London, Linden Press, 1957); Christ in London (Linden Press, 1960); […]

Miriam Gallagher

Gallagher, Miriam

Miriam Gallagher was born in Waterford. Her books are Let’s Help Our Children Talk (non fiction), (Dublin, The O’Brien Press, 1977, 1978, 1979); Fancy Footwork […]

Karen Gillece

Gillece, Karen

Karen Gillece was born in Dublin in 1974. Her novels are Seven Nights In Zaragoza (Dublin, Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005); Longshore Drift (Hodder Headline Ireland, […]

Alan Gillis

Gillis, Alan

Alan Gillis was born in Belfast in 1973. His collections are Somebody, Somewhere (Loughcrew, The Gallery Press, 2004), which was short-listed for the Irish Times […]

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 […]

Brendan Graham

Graham, Brendan

Brendan Graham was born in Co. Tipperary in 1945. His novels are The Whitest Flower (London, HarperCollins, 1998); The Element of Fire (Harper Collins, 2001); […]

Mark Granier

Granier, Mark

Mark Granier was born in London in 1957. He completed an MA in Poetry/Creative Writing with Lancaster University and has been teaching creative writing in […]

Lady Gregory

Gregory, Lady Augusta

Lady Gregory was born Isabella Augusta Persse in 1852 in Roxborough House, near Loughrea, Co. Galway. At twenty-eight she married Sir W. H. Gregory, then […]

Jarlath Gregory

Gregory, Jarlath

Jarlath Gregory grew up in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh. His novels are Snapshots (Dublin, Sitric Books, 2001); G. A. A. Y: One Hundred Ways to Love […]

Vona Groarke

Groarke, Vona

Vona Groarke was born in Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, in 1964, and grew up on a farm outside Athlone. Her collections are Shale (Loughcrew, Co Meath, […]

Hugo Hamilton

Hamilton, Hugo

Hugo Hamilton was born in Dublin of Irish-German parentage. His novels are Surrogate City (London, Faber & Faber,1990); The Last Shot (Faber & Faber, 1991); […]

Gerald Hanley by John Huston

Hanley, Gerald

Although he claimed to have been born in Cork, Gerald Hanley was born in Liverpool in 1916, of an Irish family, but went to Africa […]

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 […]

Davoren Hanna

Hanna, Davoren

Davoren Hanna was born in Dublin in 1975. He published one collection, Not Common Speech (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1990). Amongst his awards are The […]

Maurice Harmon

Harmon, Maurice

Maurice Harmon was born in 1930 in Co Dublin. Emeritus Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature at University College Dublin, he is a distinguished critic, biographer, editor, […]

Shane Harrison

Harrison, Shane

Shane Harrison was born in Dublin. He graduated from the National College of Art and Design in the early ‘80s and has worked in television, […]

Josephine Hart

Hart, Josephine

Josephine Hart was born in Mullingar, Co Westmeath in 1942. She moved to London in 1964, where she became the only woman director of Haymarket […]

Lara Harte

Harte, Lara

Lara Harte was born in Dublin in 1975. Her novels are First Time (London, Pheonix House, 1996); Losing It (Pheonix House, 1999); Wild Geese (Pheonix […]

Anne Hartigan

Hartigan, Anne Le Marquand

Anne Le Marquand Hartigan was born and reared in England to a Catholic Irish mother and a Jersey father. She trained in Fine Art before […]

Michael Hartnett

Hartnett, Michael

Michael Hartnett /Micheál Ó hAirtnéide was born in Co Limerick in 1944. His collections include Anatomy of a Cliché (Dublin, Poetry Ireland Editions 4, The […]

Norma Harrs

Harrs, Norma

Norma Harrs was born in Belfast. She has published one novel, A Certain State of Mind (Toronto, Virgo Press, 1980). Her short story collections are […]

Katy Hayes

Hayes, Katy

Katy Hayes was born in Dublin in 1965, She has has worked as a theatre director and playwright, and was a founder member and resident […]

Dermot Healy

Healy, Dermot

Dermot Healy was born in Westmeath in 1947. His short stories are collected as Banished Misfortune (London, Allison & Busby, 1984). His novels are Fighting […]

Aidan Higgins

Higgins, Aidan

Aidan Higgins was born in Celbridge, Co Kildare in 1927. He has written short stories, travel pieces, radio drama and novels. His novels include Langrishe […]

Michael D. Higgins

Higgins, Michael D.

Michael D. Higgins was born in Limerick in 1941, and reared in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare. His collections are The Betrayal (Galway, Salmon Publishing, 1990 [illustrated […]

Rita Ann Higgins

Higgins, Rita Ann

Rita Ann Higgins was born in 1955 in Galway. Her collections are Goddess on the Mervue Bus (Galway, Salmon, 1986); Witch in the Bushes (Salmon, […]

Desmond Hogan

Hogan, Desmond

Desmond Hogan was born in Ballinasloe, County Galway, in 1950. His novels are The Icon Maker (Dublin, Co-Op Books, 1976); The Leaves on Grey (London, […]

Eleanor Hooker

Hooker, Eleanor

Eleanor Hooker’s collection are The Shadow Owner’s Companion (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 2012); and A Tug of Blue (The Dedalus Press, 2016). She lives in […]

Fred Johnston

Johnston, Fred

Fred Johnston was born in Belfast in 1951. His collections are Measuring Angles (Connamara, Clo Iar-Chonnachta, 1993); True North (Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon […]

Jennifer Johnston

Johnston, Jennifer

Jennifer Johnston was born in Dublin in 1930. Her novels have been published in many countries. Her main works are the novels The Captains and […]

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 […]

Neil Jordan by David Shankbone

Jordan, Neil

Neil Jordan was born in Sligo in 1950. He has published one book of short stories, A Night in Tunisia (Co-Op Books, 1976), and the […]

James Joyce

Joyce, James

James Joyce was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. His poetry includes Chamber Music (London, Elkin Mathews, 1907); Pomes Pennyeach (Paris, Shakespheare & Company, […]

Judge, Michael

Michael Judge was born in Drumcondra, Dublin on 26 July 1921. He has written many uncollected stories, publishing these from 1941 to 1951. Amongst his […]

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 […]

Walter Keady

Keady, Walter

Walter Keady was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, in 1934. His novels are Celibates and Other Lovers (Denver, Colorado, MacMurray & Beck,1997); Mary McGreevy (MacMurray […]

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; […]

Claire Keegan

Keegan, Claire

Claire Keegan was born in Wexford in 1968. Her story collections are Antarctica (London, Faber and Faber, 1999/New York, Grove/Atlantic, 1999); Walk the Blue Fields […]

Denis Kehoe

Kehoe, Denis

Denis Kehoe was born in Dublin in 1978. His novels are Nights Between the Nation (London, Serpent’s Tail, 2009); and Walking on Dry Land (Serpent’s […]

Richard Kell

Kell, Richard

Richard Kell was born in Youghal, Co Cork, in 1927. His poetry collections include Control Tower (London, Chatto & Windus, 1962); Differences (Chatto & Windus, […]

John Kelly

Kelly, John

John Kelly was born in Co Fermanagh in 1965. Well known as a journalist and broadcaster, his novels are The Little Hammer (London, Jonathan Cape, […]

Julia Kelly

Kelly, Julia

Julia Kelly was born in 1969. Her novels are With My Lazy Eye (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2007); and Playground (London, Quercus, 2014). She was […]

Rita Kelly

Kelly, Rita

Rita Kelly (var. Rita E. Kelly) was born in Galway in 1953. Her poetry has been collected as An Bealach Eadóigh (Baile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, […]

Brendan Kennelly

Kennelly, Brendan


Brendan Kennelly was born in Co Kerry in 1936. He has published over thirty books of poetry. His early poetry includes Cast a Cold Eye […]

Adrian Kenny

Kenny, Adrian

Adrian Kenny was born in Dublin in 1945. His fiction is Arcady & other Stories (Dublin, Writers Co-Op, 1983); The Feast of Michaelmas, a novel […]

Marian Keyes

Keyes, Marian

Marian Keyes was born in Limerick in 1963. Her books are Watermelon (1995); Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (1996); Rachel’s Holiday (1998); Last Chance Saloon […]

Benedict Kiely

Kiely, Benedict

Benedict Kiely was born in 1919, near Dromore, Co Tyrone. His short stories collections include A Journey to the Seven Streams (London, Methuen 1963); A […]

Claire Kilroy

Kilroy, Claire

Claire Kilroy was born in Dublin in 1973. Her novels are All Summer (London, Faber & Faber 2003); Tenderwire (Faber & Faber 2006/New York, Harvest […]

Thomas Kilroy

Kilroy, Thomas

Thomas Kilroy was born in 1934 in Callan, Co. Kilkenny. He has published a novel, The Big Chapel (London, Faber & Faber, 1971), which was […]

Noel King

King, Noel

Noel King was born in 1964 in Tralee, Co Kerry. His poetry collection are Prophesying the Past (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Poetry, 2010); and The […]

Thomas Kinsella

Kinsella, Thomas

Thomas Kinsella was born in Dublin in 1928. His many collections of poems include Poems (Dublin, The Dolmen Press, 1956); Another September (Dolmen, 1958); Downstream […]

Conor Kostick

Kostick, Conor

Conor Kostick is an historian and a writer of fiction for children and young adults. His fictional works are Epic (Dublin, O’Brien, 2004); Saga (O’Brien, […]

Ed O'Loughlin

O’Loughlin, Ed

Ed O’Loughlin was born in Toronto and raised in Ireland. His novels are Not Untrue and Not Unkind (Dublin, Penguin Ireland, 2009), which was long-listed […]

Maurice Scully

Scully, Maurice

Maurice Scully was born in Dublin in 1952. From 1981 – 2006 he was engaged on a single project, the 8-book Things That Happen, currently […]