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Léan Cullinan 0

Cullinan, Léan

Léan Cullinan (Léan Ní Chuilleanáin) was born in 1974 in Cambridge, UK, grew up in a distinguished literary family in Dublin, including Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, who writes under the pen name Cormac Millar, the...

Rob Doyle 0

Doyle, Rob

Rob Doyle was born in Dublin. His first novel is Here Are the Young Men (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2014). His fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly,...

Paul Lynch 0

Lynch, Paul

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Paul Lynch was born in Limerick in 1977, and grew up in Donegal. His novels are Red Sky in Morning (London, Quercus, 2013/New York, Little Brown, 2013); and The Black Snow (Quercus, 2014). He...

Alannah Hopkin 0

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, 1985). Her non-fiction includes The Living Legend Of Saint...

Orna Ross 0

Ross, Orna

Orna Ross was born Aine McCarthy in Waterford in 1960 and grew up in Co Wexford. Her novels are Lovers Hollow (Dublin, Penguin Ireland, 2004); and Dance in Time (Penguin Ireland, 2008), both of...

Patrick MacGill 0

MacGill, Patrick

Patrick MacGill was born into a farming family near Glenties in the parish of Inishkeel, Co Donegal in 1889. When he was twelve years of age he went to the Hiring Fair in Strabane...

Gavin Corbett 0

Corbett, Gavin

Gavin Corbett was born in the west of Ireland and grew up in Dublin. His novels are Innocence (New York/London, Pocket, 2003) and This is the Way (London, Fourth Estate/New York, Faber, 2013), for...

Niamh Boyce 0

Boyce, Niamh

Niamh Boyce is from Athy, Co Kildare. Her debut novel is The Herbalist (Dublin, Penguin Ireland, 2013). She was awarded the Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year 2012 for her poem Kitty,...

Anne-Marie Casey 0

Casey, Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie Casey was a script editor and producer of prime-time television drama for ten years before becoming a writer full time. She has written scripts for films and television series in the UK and...

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McCabe, Patrick

Patrick McCabe was born in Clones, Co Monaghan in 1955. He has published a children’s story, The Adventures of Shay Mouse (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1985), and the adult novels Music On Clinton Street...

Eimear McBride 0

McBride, Eimear

Eimear McBride was born in Liverpool but moved to Ireland when she was three. She grew up in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo and Castlebar, Co. Mayo, before moving to London aged 17 to study at...

Catherine Barry 0

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 & Schuster, 2002); and Skindeep (Simon & Schuster, 2004)....

Ciarán Collins 0

Collins, Ciarán

Ciarán Collins was born in Cork in 1977 and grew up in the village of Innishannon, Co. Cork. His debut novel is The Gamal (London, Bloomsbury, 2013/New York, Bloomsbury, 2013). He lives in Kinsale...

Monk Gibbon 0

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 in France. On leave in Dublin in Easter, 1916,...

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Farrell, Michael

Thy Tears Might Cease. Image source: Knopf 1st edition[/caption]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 during...

Jonathan Dunne 0

Dunne, Jonathan

Jonathan Dunne was was born on the North Strand, in Dublin’s north inner city in 1976. His novels are Academic Octagon (London, Local Legend Publishing, 2008); and Fia The Envoy (Somerset, UK, Netherworld Books...

Laura Elliot 0

Elliot, Laura

Laura Elliot is the author of three novels, Stolen Child (London, Avon HarperCollins, 2009) and The Prodigal Sister (Avon HarperCollins, 2010), both also published as e-books; and Deceptions (e-published by JuneConsidine, 2012). Her novels...

Annemarie Neary 0

Neary, Annemarie

Annemarie Neary was born in Co. Down. Her debut novel is A Parachute in the Lime Tree (Dublin, The History Press Ireland, 2012). Short story awards include the Bryan MacMahon award (Listowel Writers’ Week),...

Ciaran O'Driscoll 0

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, 1990); Listening to Different Drummers (Dedalus, 1993); The Old...

Noel Duffy 0

Duffy, Noel

Noel Duffy was born in Dublin in 1971. His poetry is collected as The Silence After (South Tipperary Arts Centre & Start Magazine, 2003); for which he was awarded the START Chapbook Prize for...

Shauna Gilligan 0

Gilligan, Shauna

Shauna Gilligan was born in Dublin in 1972. Her debut novel is Happiness Comes from Nowhere (London, Ward Wood, 2012). Having lived in Mexico, Spain and the UK, she currently resides in County Kildare....

Lisa Burkitt 0

Burkitt, Lisa

Lisa Burkitt was born in the USA to Irish parents, and grew up in Donegal. Her debut novel is The Memory of Scent (Dublin/Gloucestershire, UK, The History Press, 2012). Her stories have been anthologised...

David Murphy 0

Murphy, David

David Murphy was born in Cork. A science-fiction writer, his first collection of stories was published as Lost Notes (Aeon Press, Dublin, 2004), which won the inaugural Maurice Walsh Memorial Award in 2005. His...

Alex Hijmans 0

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 of his degree in Celtic Studies, before spending a...

Alan Monaghan 0

Monaghan, Alan

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Alan Monaghan was born in Dublin in 1980. His novels are The Soldier’s Song (London, Pan MacMillan, 2010); The Soldier’s Return (Pan MacMillan, 2011); and The Soldier’s Farewell (Pan MacMillan, 2012). He won the...

Gabrielle Alioth 0

Alioth, Gabrielle

Gabrielle Alioth was born in 1955 in Basel, Switzerland, and emigrated to Ireland in 1984. Her novels are Der Narr ([The Fool], Zurich, Nagel & Kimche, 1990); Wie ein kostbarer Stein ([Like a Precious...

Keith Baker 0

Baker, Keith

Keith Baker is the author of contemporary thrillers, including Inheritance (London, Headline, 1996); Reckoning (Headline, 1998); Engram (Headline, 1999) and Lunenburg (Headline, 2000). Inheritance won a WH Smith Fresh Talent Award in 1996 and...

John Banville 0

Banville, John

John Banville was born in Wexford in 1945. His novels are Long Lankin ([nine short stories and the novella, The Possessed], London, Secker & Warburg, 1970); Nightspawn (Secker & Warburg, New York/ WW Norton,...

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Banville, Vincent

Vincent Banville was born in Wexford in 1940. His novels include An End to Flight (London, Faber and Faber, 1973, originally published under the pen name Vincent Lawrence, reprinted, author Vincent Banville, Dublin, New...

Leland Bardwell 0

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 are The Mad Cyclist (Dublin, New Writers’ Press, 1970);...

Kevin Barry 3

Barry, Kevin

Kevin Barry was born in Limerick in 1969. His story collections are There Are Little Kingdoms (Dublin, Stinging Fly Press, 2007), which featured as a book of the year in both The Sunday Tribune...

Sebastian Barry 0

Barry, Sebastian

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His plays are The Pentagonal Dream (Damer Theatre 1986); Boss Grady’s Boys (Abbey Theatre, Peacock stage, Dublin 1988), which won the first BBC/Stewart Parker Award; Prayers...

Colin Bateman 0

Bateman, Colin

Colin Bateman was born in Co Down in 1962. He has written fifteen novels, amongst them being Divorcing Jack (London, Arcade Publishing, 1995); Cycle of Violence (London, Harper Collins,1995); Of Wee Sweetie Mice and...

Mary Beckett 0

Beckett, Mary

Mary Beckett was born in Belfast in 1926. She began writing in her twenties, first for the BBC, and then for literary magazines. Her stories are collected as A Belfast Woman (Dublin, Poolbeg, 1980/New...

Samuel Beckett 0

Beckett, Samuel

Samuel Beckett was born in Foxrock, Co Dublin in 1906. His fiction includes More Pricks Than Kicks (London, Chatto and Windus, 1934); Murphy (London, G. Routledge, 1938); Molloy (Paris, Les Editions de Minuit 1951);...

Brendan Behan 0

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 the IRA, and his experiences formed the background for...

Gerard Beirne 0

Beirne, Gerard

Gerard Beirne was born in 1962. His novels are The Eskimo in the Net (London, Marion Boyars, 2003); and Turtle (Ottawa, Oberon Press, 2009). His poetry collections are Digging My Own Grave (Dublin, The...

Sara Berkeley 0

Berkeley, Sara

Sara Berkeley was born in Dublin in 1967. Her collections are Penn (Dublin, Raven Arts Press/Canada, Thistledown Press, 1986); Home Movie Nights (Raven Arts Press/Thistledown Press, 1989); Facts About Water, New and Selected Poems...

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Binchy, Chris

Chris Binchy was born in Scotland in 1970. His novels are The Very Man (London, MacMillan, 2003); People Like Us (MacMillan, 2004); Open Handed (London, Penguin, 2008); and Five Days Apart (London, Harper, 2010)....

Binchy, Dan 0

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, Century, Random House, 1993); and Loopy: A Novel of...

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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 Press/Quartet, 1980); Dublin 4 (Ward River Press/London, Century, 1983);...

Dermot Bolger 0

Bolger, Dermot

Dermot Bolger was born in Finglas, North Dublin, in 1959. He founded Raven Arts Press, Dublin, where he was editor from 1979 to 1992. His novels are Night Shift, (Kerry, Brandon Books, 1982) ;...

John Boyne 0

Boyne, John

John Boyne was born in Dublin in 1971. His first short story was published by the Sunday Tribune and shortlisted for a Hennessy Literary Award. His novels for both adults and children are The...

Elizabeth Bowen 0

Bowen, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Bowen was born Elizabeth Dorothea Cole in Dublin in 1899, taking her literary name from the family home Bowen’s Court, in County Cork. Her novels include Encounters (London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1923); The...

Clare Boylan 0

Boylan, Clare

Clare Boylan was born in Dublin in 1948. She published four novels: Holy Pictures (London, Hamish Hamilton, 1993/ New York, Simon and Schuster 1983); Last Resorts (Hamish Hamilton, 1984 /Simon and Schuster, 1986); Black...

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Brennan, James

James (Jimmy) Brennan was born in Dublin in 1944. He was a member of the Stanislavski Studio at Focus Theatre from 1967-1969. His novel is Seaman (Dublin, Irish Writers Co-Op,1978). His poems and stories...

Maeve Brennan 0

Brennan, Maeve

Maeve Brennan was born in Dublin in 1917. Her father was Irish Ambassador to the United States and he brought his family there, including Maeve, in 1934. She settled in Manhattan and in 1949...

John Broderick 0

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 (N.Y. Ivan Obolensky, 1961); The Fugitives (London, Weidenfeld &...

Brophy, Catherine 0

Brophy, Catherine

Catherine Brophy was born in Dublin. Her novels are The Liberation of Margaret McCabe (Dublin, Wolfhound Press, 1985); and Dark Paradise (Wolfhound, 1992). She has also been a script writer for the long-running RTÉ...

Christy Brown 0

Brown, Christy

Christy Brown was born in Crumlin, Dublin, in 1932. One of thirteen surviving children, he suffered from cerebral palsy and was considered mentally disabled until he famously snatched a piece of chalk from his...

Brown, Stephen 0

Brown, Stephen

Stephen Brown was born in Derry in 1972. His novels are Under the Devil Tree (Derry, Stephen Brown, 2004); The Green Book (Bucks., UK, White Leaf Press, 2009); His poetry is collected as The...

Corinne Browne 0

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 Vietnam (New York, Stein & Day 1971); Confessions of...

Trevor Byrne 0

Byrne, Trevor

Trevor Byrne was born in Dublin in 1981. His debut novel is Ghosts and Lightning (Edinburgh, Canongate/New York, Doubleday 2009). He is currently a tutor of creative writing at Glamorgan University. Trevor Byrne at...

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Cafferky, Tony

Tony Cafferky was born in Dublin. He has published a novel, Baulox (Dingle, Brandon 1984); and Storia del Identito, short fiction in translation (Milan, 1988). He has had three stage plays produced: Corporation Flat,...

Mary Rose Callaghan 0

Callaghan, Mary Rose

Mary Rose Callaghan was born in Dublin in 1944. Her novels include Mothers (Dublin, Arlen House 1982, London, Marian Boyars, 1984); Confessions of a Prodigal Daughter (London & New York, Marion Boyars, 1985); The...

Joyce Carey 0

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 Oxford in 1920, having been wounded during World War...

Casey, Kevin 0

Casey, Kevin

Kevin Casey was born in Kells, Co Meath in 1940. His novels are The Sinner’s Bell (London, Faber 1968); A Sense of Survival (Faber, 1974); Dreams of Revenge (Faber, 1977); and A State of...

Philip Casey 0

Casey, Philip

Philip Casey was born to Irish parents in London in 1950 and grew up in Co Wexford. His verse collections are Those Distant Summers (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1980); After Thunder (Raven Arts Press,...

William Carleton 0

Carleton, William

William Carleton was born in Prillisk, Co Tyrone, in 1794 to small farmers, and was one of fourteen children. His father was fluent in Irish and English and was an accomplished story-teller, with, according...

Ciaran Carson 0

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; The Irish for No (Oldcastle, Co Meath, The Gallery...

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Cheasty, James

James Cheasty was born in Waterford in 1928. He is the author of a novel, The Captive (Dublin, 1965), and several plays, including A Stranger Came (Dublin, Progress House, 1956 [foreword by Teresa Deevey...

Paula Clamp 0

Clamp, Paula

Paula Clamp was born in 1967. Her novels are Standing in a Hammock (Dublin, Poolbeg Publications, 2002); and Beetle Mania (Poolbeg Publications, 2003). She lives in Jordanstown, Co. Antrim. Paula Clamp’s Amazon Author Page...

Brian Cleeve 0

Cleeve, Brian

Brian Cleeve was born in Essex of a Limerick family in 1921, and settled in Dublin in the mid-1950s. His short fiction includes The Horse Thieves of Ballsaggert (Cork, Mercier Press 1966). His novels...

Michael Collins 0

Collins, Michael

Michael Collins was born in Limerick in 1964. His stories are collected as The Meat Eaters (London, Jonathan Cape, 1992) published in the US as The Man Who Dreamt of Lobsters (New York, Random...

Evelyn Conlon 0

Conlon, Evelyn

Evelyn Conlon was born in Monaghan in 1952. Her collections of short stories are My Head is Opening (Attic Press, 1987); Taking Scarlet as a Real Colour (Dublin, Attic Press 1989); and telling, new...

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Connolly, John

John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968. His novels are Every Dead Thing (London, Hodder & Stoughton, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1999), Winner of the Shamus Award for Best First Novel, 1999;...

Kieron Connolly 0

Connolly, Kieron

Kieron Connolly was born in Tipperary in 1961. His novels are Watersign (Dublin, Marino Books, 2001); There is a House (Marino, 2003); and Harold (Dublin Jillbeck Books, 2010). He lives in Dublin. Kieron Connolly...

June Considine 0

Considine, June

June Considine is the author of twelve books for pre-teens and young adults. These include the best-selling trilogy, When the Luvenders Came to Merrick Town, Luvenders at the Old Mill and Island of Luvenders....

Emma Cooke 0

Cook, Emma

Emma Cooke was born in Portarlington, Co Laois, in 1934, christened Enid Blanc. The Blancs, of Hugenot descent, are immortalised in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake as ‘‘Blong’s best from Portarlinton’s Butchery.’’ Her short stories...

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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 Irish Connection and Other Stories (Publish America, 2004); Byron...

Anthony Cronin 0

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 Identity Papers (Dublin, Co-Op Books, 1980). His collections of...

Leo Cullen 0

Cullen, Leo

Leo Cullen was born in Tipperary in 1949. He has published a collection of short stories, Clocking Ninety on the Road to Cloughjordan (Belfast, Blackstaff Press, 1994/Dufour, 1995); and a novel, Let’s Twist Again...

Peter Cunningham 0

Cunningham, Peter

Peter Cunningham was born in Waterford in 1947. His novels include Who Trespass Against US (London, Century Books, 1993); the Monument trilogy: Tapes of the River Delta (Century Books, 1995); Consequences of the Heart...

Kevin Cully 0

Cully, Kevin

Kevin Cully was born in Dublin in 1950. His novel is Ring of Rocks (London, Hutchinson, 1992/Kindle, 2012). He currently lives in Cornwall, UK. Kevin Anthony Cully on Facebook Kevin Cully at The National...

Ita Daly 0

Daly, Ita

Ita Daly short stories are collected as The Lady with the Red Shoes (Dublin, Poolebeg, 1980). Her novels include Ellen (London, Jonathan Cape, 1986); A Singular Attraction (Jonathan Cape, 1987); Dangerous Fictions (London, Bloomsbury,...

Philip Davison 0

Davison, Philip

Philip Davison was born in Dublin in 1957. His novels include The Book-Thief’s Heartbeat (Dublin, Co-Op Books, 1981); Twist and Shout (Dingle, Brandon Books, 1983); The Illustrator (Dublin, Wolfhound Press, 1988); The Crooked Man...

John F. Deane 0

Deane, John F.

John F. Deane was born on Achill Island in 1943. His poetry collections are Stalking After Time (Dublin, Profile Press, 1977); High Sacrifice (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 1981); Winter in Meath (Dedalus Press, 1984); Road...

Seamus Deane 0

Deane, Seamus

Seamus Deane was born in Derry in 1940. His poetry collections include Gradual Wars (Shannon, Irish University Press, 1972); Rumours (Dublin, The Dolmen Press, 1977); History Lessons (Dublin, The Gallery Press, 1983); and Selected...

Frank Delaney 0

Delaney, Frank

Frank Delaney was born in Tipperary in 1942. A prolific author of history, biography, and fiction, his fiction includes The Sins of the Mothers (London, HarperCollins 1992); Telling the Pictures (HarperCollins 1993); A Stranger...

Roger Derham 0

Derham, Roger

Roger Derham was born in Dublin in 1956. His novels are The Simurgh and the Nightingale (Cork, The Collins Press, 2001); When Twilight Comes (Galway, Wynkin de Worde, 2003); Windsong: The Breath of Being...

Martina Devlin 0

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 Collins, 2001); Venus Reborn (Dublin, Poolebeg, 2003); Temptation (Poolebeg...

Brian Dillon 0

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, Penguin 2005), which won the Irish Book Award for...

Eilís Dillon 0

Dillon, Eilís

Eilís Dillon was born in Galway on 7 March 1920. Educated at the Ursuline Convent in Sligo, she married in 1940 and moved to Cork. From the mid-1940s she began to write children’s books...

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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 including The Ginger Man (Paris, Olympia Press, 1955); A...

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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, Virago, 2000/New York, Harcourt, 2000); The Woman Who Gave...

Gerard Donovan 0

Donovan, Gerard

Gerard Donovan born in Wexford and grew up in Galway. His collections are Columbus Rides Again (The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Salmon, 1992); Kings and Bicycles (Salmon, 1995); and The LightHouse (Salmon, 2000),...

Mary Dorcey 0

Dorcey, Mary

Mary Dorcey was born in Dublin. Her poetry includes Kindling (London, Onlywomen Press, 1989); Moving into the Space Cleared by Our Mothers (Galway; Salmon, 1991); The River That Carries Me (Salmon Poetry, 1995); and...

Mogue Doyle 0

Doyle, Mogue

Mogue Doyle was born in Co Wexford in 1945. His novels are Dancing with Minnie the Twig (London, Bantam Press, 2002); A Moth at the Glass (Bantam, 2004); Down a Road All Rebels Run...

Roddy Doyle 0

Doyle, Roddy

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. His novels are The Commitments, (originally published in Dublin by King Farouk, thereafter London, Secker & Warburg, 1987); The Snapper (Secker & Warburg, 1990); The Van...

Rose Doyle 0

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 (MacMillan, 1997); In Secret Sin (Dublin, TownHouse/London, Pan MacMillan,...

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Duggan, Dave

Dave Duggan was born in London and raised in Waterford. His novels are The Greening of Larry Mahon (Guildhall Press, 2004); and A Sudden Sun, (Guildhall Press, 2012). His film work includes the Oscar...

Catherine Dunne 0

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); The Walled Garden (London, MacMillan, 2000); Another Kind of...

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Dwyer Hickey, Christine

Christine Dwyer Hickey was born in Dublin. Her novels are The Dancer (Dublin, Marino Books, 1995), short-listed for the Kerry Ingredients/Listowel Writers’ Week Book of the Year the Year Award; The Gambler (Marino, 1996);...

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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 Edgeworth, who was himself born in Bath, although the...

Ann Egan 0

Egan, Ann

Ann Egan was born in 1948 in Co Laois. Her collections are Landing the Sea (Cork, Bradshaw Books, 2003); and The Wren Women (Ballyclare, Co Antrim, The Black Mountain Press, 2003), which was dramatised...

Anne Enright 0

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 the Rooney Prize that year; and Taking Pictures (London,...

Martina Evans 0

Evans, Martina

Martina Evans was born in 1961 and grew up in County Cork. Her poetry is collected as The Inniscarra Bar Cycle Rest (Rockingham Press); Can Dentists Be Trusted? (London, Anvil, 2005); and Facing the...

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Fallon, Padraic (2)

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 an international financial publishing company whose headquarters are in...

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Faller, Kevin

Kevin Faller was born in Galway in 1920. His poetry collections include Island Lyrics (Dublin, Colm O’Lochlainn, 1963); Lament for Bull Island and Other Poems (Dublin, The Goldsmith Press, 1973); The Lilac Tree and...

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FitzGerald-Petri, Trisha

Trisha FitzGerald-Petri was born in Nenagh, Tipperary in 1957, but went to school and studied in Dublin. Her novels are Peggy Does a Runner (Colchester, Essex, UK, Puff Adder Books – Author-Network, 2001); and...

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Flanagan, Thomas

Thomas Flanagan was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA, in 1923. All four of his grandparents came from Ireland. A high school friend of Truman Capote, he was professor of English literature at Columbia, and...

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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. In 1977 The Liberty Suite, co-written with Peter Sheridan,...

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Foyle, Órfhlaith

Órfhlaith Foyle was born in Nigeria to Irish parents. Her novel is Belios (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2005), and her debut collection of stories is Somewhere in Minnesota (Galway, Arlen House, 2011). An anthology...

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Foster, Aisling

Aisling Foster was born in Dublin in 1949. Her novels are The First Time London, Walker Books, 1988 [for older children]); and Safe in the Kitchen (London, Hamish Hamilton, 1993). She lives in London....

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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 (Selected Plays) (Dublin, Society of Irish Playwrights, 1991, 1997);...

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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. His novels include The Eleventh Summer (London, Hamish Hamilton/New...

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Gébler, Ernest

Ernest Gébler was born in Dublin in 1915. He was married for a time to Edna O’Brien and they had two sons, Sasha, and the novelist Carlo Gébler. His principal novels are He had...

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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, 2006); My Glass Heart (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2007); and...

Anthony Glavin 0

Glavin, Anthony

Anthony Glavin was born in Boston in 1946 of Irish heritage. He has been editor of New Irish Writing (1987-88) and more latterly former Commissioning Editor of New Island Books. His novel is Nighthawk...

Frank Golden 0

Golden, Frank

Frank Golden was born in Dublin in 1957. His poetry collections are In Partial Settlement (Wiffle Press, New York); On Route to Leameneh (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1990); The Interior Act (Cliffs of Moher,...

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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 he had a severe attack of smallpox which disfigured...

Brendan Graham 0

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); and The Brightest Day, The Darkest Night (Harper Collins,...

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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 and Company, 1996), which became an international bestseller; and...

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O’Connor, Bridget

Bridget O’Connor was born in Harrow, London. She was the second of five children of Bridie and Jim O’Connor, from Limerick and Cork. Her short story collections are Here Comes John (1993) and Tell...

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O’Faolain, Julia

Julia O’Faolain was born in London in 1932 to the writer Sean O’Faolain and children’s writer Eileen O’Faolain (née Gould). Her works include the short story collections We Might See Sights! and Other Stories...

Jarlath Gregory 0

Gregory, Jarlath

Jarlath Gregory grew up in Crossmaglen, Co Armagh. His novels are Snapshots (Dublin, Sitric Books, 2001); and G. A. A. Y: One Hundred Ways to Love a Beautiful Loser (Sitric Books, 2005). He lives...

Hugo Hamilton 0

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); The Love Test (Faber & Faber, 1995); Headbanger (London,...

Gerald Hanley by John Huston 0

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 when he was 19, where he joined the British...

James Hanley 0

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 Boy was the subject of an obscenity charge in...

Kerry Hardie 0

Hardie, Kerry

Kerry Hardie was born in Singapore in 1951, and grew up in County Down. Her poetry is collected as A Furious Place (Oldcastle, Co Meath, The Gallery Press, 1996); Cry for the Hot Belly...

Michael Harding 1

Harding, Michael

Michael Harding was born in Cavan in 1953. He has published two novels, Priests (Blackstaff Press, 1986), and The Trouble With Sarah Gullion (Blackstaff Press, 1988); and the novella Bird in the Snow (Dublin,...

Josephine Hart 0

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 Publishing, and later founded Gallery Poets and West End...

Jack Harte 0

Harte, Jack

Jack Harte was born in Sligo in 1944. His short stories collections are Murphy in the Underworld (Dublin, Glendale, 1986); Birds and Other Tails (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1996); Birds and Selected Stories (Opheus,...

Lara Harte 0

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 House [Weidenfeld & Nicholson], 2003); and Honour Bound (New...

Norma Harrs 0

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 Love Minus One & Other Stories (Toronto, Hounslow Press,...

Anne Haverty 0

Haverty, Anne

Anne Haverty was born in Tipperary in 1959. Her novels are One Day as a Tiger (London, Chatto & Windus, 1997/New York, The Ecco Press, 1988); The Far Side of a Kiss (Chatto &...

Katy Hayes 1

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 director with Glasshouse Productions from 1990 to 1995. Her...

Carole Hayman 0

Hayman, Carole

Carole Hayman* is well known both as an award-winning actress and theatre director. Her first book was a comic novel, All the Best, Kim, which was serialized on Woman’s Hour, and which was followed...

Dermot Healy 0

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 with Shadows (London, Allison & Busby 1984); A Goat’s...