Eileen Battersby

Battersby, Eileen

Eileen Battersby was born in California. Her debut novel is Teethmarks on My Tongue (Victoria [Texas]/London/Dublin, The Dalkey Archive Press, 2016). An Irish Times staff […]

Billy O'Callaghan

O’Callaghan, Billy

Billy O’Callaghan was born in Cork in 1974. He has published three short story collections: In Exile (Cork, Mercier Press, 2008), In Too Deep (Mercier […]

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); […]

Ian Watson

Watson, Ian

Ian Watson was born in Greenisland, Co. Antrim in 1946. His poetry collections are Kurzpass-Spiel (Bremen/Boston, Kellner Verlag, 2011), a German-language collection of poems and […]

Alannah Hopkin

Hopkin, Alannah

Alannah Hopkin’s novels are A Joke Goes a Long Way in the Country (London, Hamish Hamilton/New York, Atheneum, 1982); and The Out-haul (London, Hamish Hamilton, […]

Catherine Barry

Barry, Catherine

Catherine Barry was born in 1963 in Dublin. Her novels are The House That Jack Built (London, Simon & Schuster, 2001); Null & Void (Simon […]

Heussaff, Anna

Anna Heussaff was born in 1957 and grew up in Dublin. Her two crime novels in Irish are Bás Tobann (Baile Áth Cliath, Cois Life, […]

Seán Dunne

Dunne, Seán

Seán Dunne was born in Waterford in 1956. His poetry is collected as Against the Storm (Mountrath, Dolmen Press in 1985); The Sheltered Nest (Oldcastle, […]

Alex Hijmans

Hijmans, Alex

Alex Hijmans was born in Heemskerk in Holland In 1975. He moved to Ireland when he was twenty years old and learned Irish as part […]

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 […]

Ronan Bennet

Bennett, Ronan

Ronan Bennett was born in Belfast in 1956. His novels are The Second Prison (London, Hamish Hamilton 1991); Overthrown by Strangers (Hamish Hamilton, 1992); The […]

Binchy, Dan

Dan Binchy was born in County Limerick in 1940. His novels are The Neon Madonna (London, Century, 1991); The Last Resort (Century, 1992); Fireballs (London, […]

Eavan Boland

Boland, Eavan

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin in 1944. Her collections of poetry include 23 Poems (Dublin, Gallagher, 1962); The War Horse (London, Gollancz,1975); In Her […]

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 […]

Angela Bourke

Bourke, Angela

Angela Bourke’s short story collection is By Salt Water, (Dublin, New Island Books, 1996). Her other books include Caoineadh na dTrí Muire (Baile Átha Cliath, […]

Corinne Browne

Browne, Corinne

Corinne de Laittre Browne, who writes under the name Corinne Browne, was born in 1945 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her non-fiction includes Body Shop, Recovering from […]

Patricia Byrne

Byrne, Patricia

Patricia Byrne was born in Mayo. Her narrative nonfiction is The Veiled Woman of Achill (Cork, The Collins Press, 2012). Her debut collection of poetry […]

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 […]

Ciaran Carson

Carson, Ciaran

Ciaran Carson was born in Belfast in 1948. His poetry collections include The New Estate (Belfast, Blackstaff Press, 1976) which won the Eric Gregory Award; […]

Paddy Crosbie

Crosbie, Paddy

Paddy Crosbie was born in Dublin in 1913. His books are Tales from the School Around the Corner (Dublin and Cork, The Mercier Press, 1979); […]

The Tailor and Ansty

Cross, Eric

Eric Cross was born in 1905 in Newry, Co. Down, but he was raised and educated in England where he became a chemical engineer and […]

Philip Cummings

Cummings, Philip

Philip Cummings, born in Belfast in 1964. His first poetry collection Néalta (Coiscéim, 2005) won the Irish Language prize in the Glen Dimplex New Writers […]

Margaretta D'Arcy

D’Arcy, Margaretta

Margaretta D’Arcy was born in London of Irish parentage in 1934 and was brought up and educated in Ireland. Her book-published work includes Tell Them […]

Martina Devlin

Devlin, Martina

Martina Devlin was born in Omagh, Co Tyrone. Her novels are Three Wise Men (London, Harper Collins, 2000); Be Careful What You Wish For (Harper […]

Brian Dillon

Dillon, Brian

Brian Dillon was born in Dublin in 1969. His novella is Sanctuary (Berlin/New York, Sternberg Press, 2011). His non-fiction works include The Dark Room (London, […]

JP Dunleavy

Dunleavy, J.P.

J.P. Donleavy was born in New York City in 1926 and came to Ireland following World War II. He is the author of eleven novels […]

Donoghue, Emma

Emma Donoghue was born in Dublin in 1969. Her novels are Stirfry (London, Hamish Hamilton, 1994/New York: HarperCollins, 1994); Hood (Hamish Hamilton, 1995); Slammerkin (London, […]

Rose Doyle

Doyle, Rose

Rose Doyle was born in Dublin. Her novels are Images (Dublin, Poolebeg, 1993); Kimbay (Dublin, Town and Country/London, MacMillan, 1994); Alva (MacMillan, 1996); Perfectly Natural […]

Catherine Dunne

Dunne, Catherine

Catherine Dunne was born in Dubin in 1954. Her novels are In The Beginning (London, Jonathan Cape, 1997); A Name for Himself (Jonathan Cape, 1998); […]

Anne Enright

Enright, Anne

Anne Enright was born in Dublin in 1962. She has published two collections of stories, The Portable Virgin (London, Secker and Warburg 1991), which won […]

James Harpur

Harpur, James

James Harpur was born in 1956 of Irish-British descent. His poetry collections are A Vision of Comets (London, Anvil Press Poetry, 1993); The Monk’s Dream […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Brian Keenan

Keenan, Brian

Brian Keenan was born in Belfast in 1950. He has published one novel, Turlough (London, Jonathan Cape, 2000). His other work includes the autobiographical An […]

Conan Kennedy

Kennedy, Conan

Conan Kennedy was born in Dublin. His novels are Here Be Ghosts (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 1982, eBook edition 2011); Ogulla Well (Killala, Co Mayo, Morrigan […]

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 […]

David M. Kiely

Kiely, David M.

David M. Kiely was born in Dublin in 1949. He worked in advertising as an art director and copywriter before turning to book-authoring in 1993. […]

Chuck Kruger

Kruger, Chuck

Chuck Kruger, born in 1938, grew up in the Finger Lakes of upstate NY. His short story collections include Between A Rock (Cork, Bradshaw Books, […]

Jessie Lendennie

Lendennie, Jessie

Jessie Lendennie was born in Arkansas the United States and has lived in Ireland since 1981. Her prose poem, Daughter, was published by Salmon (Co […]

June Levine

Levine, June

June Levine was born in Dublin in 1931. She is the author of two best-selling books: Sisters, a personal history of the Irish feminist movement […]

Tom MacIntyre

MacIntyre, Tom

Tom MacIntyre was born in Cavan in 1931. A dual-language writer, his poetry collections include Blood Relations: Versions of Gaelic Poems of the Seventeeth and […]

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 […]

Áine Ní Ghlinn

Ní Ghlinn, Áine

Áine Ní Ghlinn was born in Co Tipperary in 1955. She has published three collections: An Chéim Bhriste (Baile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, 1984); Gardín Pharthais […]

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 […]

Joseph O'Connor

O’Connor, Joseph

Joseph O’Connor image was born in Dublin in 1963. His novels are Cowboys and Indians (London, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1991), which was short listed for The Whitbread […]

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 […]

Desmond O'Grady

O’Grady, Desmond

Desmond O’Grady was born in Limerick in 1935, and spent many years living in Paris, Rome, Cairo and Alexandria. His collections include Chords and Orchestrations […]

Ernie O'Malley

O’Malley, Ernie

Ernie (Ernest) O’Malley was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, in 1897, and was prominent in the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. […]

Joseph O'Neill

O’Neill, Joseph

Joseph O’Neill was born in Cork in 1964. His novels are This Is The Life (London, Faber & Faber, 1991); The Breezes (Faber & Faber, […]

Patricia O'Reilly

O’Reilly, Patricia

Patricia O’Reilly’s novels are Once Upon a Summer (Dublin, The Wolfhound Press, 2000); Felicity’s Wedding (London, Oldcastle Books, 2001); Time and Destiny (London, Hodder & […]

Siobhán Parkinson

Parkinson, Siobhán

Siobhán Parkinson was born in 1954 in Dublin but grew up in Galway and Donegal. Her books for children include The Leprechaun Who Wished He […]

Morag Prunty

Prunty, Morag

Morag Prunty was born in 1964 to Irish parents and brought up in London. She moved to Ireland in 1990 to re-launch Irish Tatler. Her […]

Marjorie Quarton

Quarton, Marjorie

Marjorie Quarton was born in Nenagh, Co Tipperary in 1930. Her novels include Corporal Jack (London, Collins, 1987); No Harp Like My Own (Collins, 1988); […]

Bob Quinn

Quinn, Bob

Bob Quinn was born in 1935. He is primarily known as an independent film-maker, and has made more than 100 films, including documentary, feature and […]

Dermot Somers

Somers, Dermot

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 […]

Speranza, Lady Jane Wilde

Speranza (Wilde, Jane Francesca)

Jane Francesca Wilde, also known as Speranza, was born Jane Frances Agnes Elgee, in Dublin, probably in 1821. She witnessed the funeral of Thomas Davis […]

James Stephens

Stephens, James

James Stephens was born in Dublin in 1882. In his early years he was a solicitor’s clerk, and later Registrar of the National Gallery of […]


Tóibín, Colm

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford in 1955. His novels are The South (London, Serpent’s Tail, 1990; New York, Viking, 1991); The Heather […]

Gerard Whelan

Whelan, Gerard

Gerard Whelan was born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. He is the author of several books for children and is a multiple award-winner. The Guns of […]

Victoria White

White, Victoria

Victoria White was born in Dublin in 1962. Her collection of short stories, Raving Autumn, was published by Poolebeg, Dublin, in 1990. Her non-fiction includes […]

Oscar Wilde, portrait by Napoleon Sarony

Wilde, Oscar

Oscar Wilde was born in Westland Row, Dublin on October 16th, 1854 to an eminent surgeon, William Wilde and the famous nationalist poet, Lady Jane […]


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 […]