Christina McKenna

McKenna, Christina

Christina McKenna was born in Draperstown, County Derry. She graduated in Fine Art and English and exhibited as a painter before becoming a writer. Her […]

Angela Patten

Patten, Angela

Angela Patten was born and grew up in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, and emigrated to the United States in 1977. Her poetry collections are Still […]

Ciaran O'Driscoll

O’Driscoll, Ciaran

Ciaran O’Driscoll was born in Kilkenny in 1943. His poetry collections include Gog and Magog (Galway, Salmon, 1987); The Poet and His Shadow (Dublin, Dedalus, […]

Ivy Bannister

Bannister, Ivy

Ivy Bannister was born in New York City in 1951. Her short story collection is Magician (Dublin, Poolbeg Press, 1996). Many other stories have been […]

Leland Bardwell

Bardwell, Leland

Leland Bardwell was born in India of Irish parents in 1922 and was brought to Ireland at the age of two. Her collections of poetry […]

Brendan Behan

Behan, Brendan

Brendan Behan (known in Irish as Breandán Ó Beacháin) was born in Dublin in 1923. He served in Borstal (juvenile prison) for his activities in […]

Pat Boran

Boran, Pat

Pat Boran was born in Portlaoise in 1963. His poetry collections are The Unwound Clock (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1990), which won the Patrick Kavanagh […]

Michael Corrigan

Corrigan, Michael

Michael Corrigan was born in San Francisco in 1942. His books are a memoir, Confessions of a Shanty Irishman (New York, Publish America, 2002); The […]

Gerald Dawe

Dawe, Gerald

Gerald Dawe was born in Belfast in 1952. His poetry collections are Sheltering Places (1978); The Lundys Letter (Loughcrew, The Gallery Press, 1987), for which […]

Paddy Doyle

Doyle, Paddy

Paddy Doyle was born in Wexford in 1951. His autobiography The God Squad was originated in Ireland by Raven Arts Press in 1989, and published […]

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 […]

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); […]

Carlo Gébler

Gébler, Carlo

Carlo Gébler was born to the writers Edna O’Brien and Ernest Gébler in Dublin in 1954. He moved to London with his mother in 1958. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hugh Leonard

Leonard, Hugh

Hugh Leonard (pseudonym of John Keyes Byrne) was born in 1926 and raised in Dalkey, County Dublin. His output is vast and complex, encompassing theatre, […]

Brian Leyden

Leyden, Brian

Brian Leyden was born in Roscommon in 1960. He has published a book of short stories, Departures (1992); and a novel, Death and Plenty (Dingle, […]

James Liddy

Liddy, James

James Liddy was born in Dublin in 1934. His poetry publications include Esau, My Kingdom for a drink (Dublin, The Dolmen Press, 1962); In a […]

Michael Longley

Longley, Michael

Michael Longley was born in Belfast in 1939.Longley His books of poetry include No Continuing City (London, Macmillan, 1969, US Dufour Editions 1969); An Exploded […]

Ferdia Mac Anna

Mac Anna, Ferdia

Ferdia Mac Anna was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels are The Last of the High Kings (London, Viking, 1991); The Ship Inspector (Viking, […]

Molly McCloskey

McCloskey, Molly

Molly McCloskey was born in 1964 in Philadelphia, and moved to Ireland in 1989. She has published the collection of short stories, Solomon’s Seal (London, […]

John McGahern

McGahern, John

John McGahern was born in Dublin in 1934, but moved to Leitrim as a child. His novels are The Barracks (London, Faber & Faber, 1963); […]

Hazel McIntyre

McIntyre, Hazel

Hazel McIntyre was born in Donegal in 1946. Her novels include Lament In The Wind (Moran Publications, 1998); For Love of Mary Kate (Moran Publications, […]

George O'Brien

O’Brien, George

George O’Brien was born in Lismore, Co Waterford. His works include the memoirs The Village of Longing (Leamington Spa, Sixth Chamber Press / Dublin, The […]

Peadar O'Donnell

O’Donnell, Peadar

Peadar O’Donnell (Peadar Ó Domhnaill) was born to an Irish-speaking family in Dungloe, Co Donegal in 1893. A major radical figure in the history of […]

Homer Potterton

Potterton, Homan

Homan Potterton was born in 1946. His memoir of growing up on a farm in County Meath in the 1950s is Rathcormick: a Childhood Recalled […]

Liz Ryan

Ryan, Liz

Liz Ryan was born in Dublin. Her novels include Blood Lines (London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1995/New York, St Martin’s Press, 1995, translated as Rukkehr nach […]

Eamon Sheridan

Sheridan, Eamonn

Eamonn Sheridan was born Dublin 1938. His memoir is Me Father was a Hero and Me Mother is a Saint (New York, Strategic Book Group, […]

Peter Sheridan

Sheridan, Peter

Peter Sheridan was born in Dublin in 1952. His plays include Paint it Black (Project Theatre, 1971); No Entry (Dublin, Project Arts Centre, 1976); Women […]

Knute Skinner

Skinner, Knute

Knute Skinner was born in 1929 in St. Louis, USA. His collections include Stranger with a Watch (Francestown, NH, The Golden Quill Press, 1965); A […]