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, […]

Catherine Ann Cullen

Cullen, Catherine Ann

Catherine Ann Cullen was born in Drogheda, Co Louth. Her poetry collections are A Bone in My Throat (Tralee, Doghouse Books, 2007); and Strange Familiar […]

John Banville

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, […]

Anne Barrett

Barrett, Anne

Anne Barrett was born in Co Clare. Her first film, Spring Cleaning (Channel 4/RTÉ, 1986), received two international film awards, including Special Juror’s Award at […]

Kevin Barry

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 […]

Colin Bateman

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 […]

Samuel Beckett

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. […]

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 […]

Dermot Bolger

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 […]


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 […]

Catherine Brophy

Brophy, Catherine

Catherine Brophy was born in Dublin. Her novels are The Liberation of Margaret McCabe (Dublin, Wolfhound Press, 1985);Dark Paradise (Wolfhound, 1992); and Burning Bright (Bray, […]

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 […]

Paul Vincent Carroll

Carroll, Paul Vincent

Paul Vincent Carroll was born Co Louth in 1900. His plays includes the one-act The Watched Pot (Dublin, The Abbey, Peacock Stage, 1930); The Things […]

Paul Casey

Casey, Paul

Paul Casey was born in Cork, Ireland in 1968. His poetry collections are home more or less (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Poetry, 2012); and Virtual […]

Shane Connaughton

Connaughton, Shane

Shane Connaughton was born in Cavan in 1941. He trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has acted in several […]

Philip Davison

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); […]

Frank Delaney

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, […]

Anne Devlin

Devlin, Anne

Anne Devlin was born in Belfast in 1951. She won the Hennessy Literary Award in 1982 for her short story Passages, which was adapted for […]

Moyra Donaldson

Donaldson, Moyra

Moyra Donaldson was born in Co down in 1956. Her collections are Kissing Ghosts (Belfast, Lapwing Publications, 1995); Snakeskin Stilettos (Belfast, Lagan Press 1998/New Jersey, […]

Theo Dorgan

Dorgan, Theo

Theo Dorgan was born in Cork in 1953. His poetry collections are The Ordinary House of Love (Galway, Salmon Poetry, 1991); Rosa Mundi(Salmon Poetry, 1995); […]

Roddy Doyle

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, […]

Dave Duggan

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, […]

Christine Dwyer Hickey

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 […]

Celia de Fréine

de Fréine, Celia

Celia de Fréine is a poet, critic, dramatist and screenwriter, in Irish and English. A TV episode she wrote for the Irish-language TG4 drama serial […]

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 […]

Carlo and Ernest Gebler

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 […]

Frank Golden

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 […]

Bridget O'Connor

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 […]

Carole Hayman

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Lynch

Lynch, Brian

Brian Lynch was born in Dublin in 1945. His novel is The Winner of Sorrow (Dublin, New Island Books, 2005), about the poet William Cowper […]

Bernard MacLaverty

MacLaverty, Bernard

Bernard MacLaverty was born in Belfast in 1942. His novels include Lamb (London, Jonathan Cape 1980); Cal (London, Jonathan Cape, 1983); Grace Notes (London, Jonathan […]

Mike McCormack

McCormack, Mike

Mike McCormack was born in London in 1965, but grew up in Co Mayo. His stories are collected as Getting it in the Head (London, […]

Martin McDonagh

McDonagh, Martin

Martin McDonagh was born in London in 1971 to expatriate Irish parents. His plays include The Beauty Queen of Leenane (The Abbey, Peacock Stage, Dublin, […]

McLaughlin, Thomas

Thomas McLaughlin was born in Belfast and studied acting at the Portland [Oregon] Conservatory Theatre. His stage plays include Cross-Country (co-author, New York, 1981); Let’s […]

Conor McPherson

McPherson, Conor

Conor McPherson (var. MacPherson) was born in Dublin in 1970. His plays include Rum and Vodka (Dublin, City Arts Centre, 1994); This Lime Tree Bower […]

Heno Magee

Magee, Heno

Heno Magee was born in Dublin in 1939. His plays include I’m Getting Out of This Kip (Dublin, The Peacock, Abbey Theatre, 1972); Hatchet (The […]

Derek Mahon

Mahon, Derek

Derek Mahon was born in Belfast in 1941. His poetry collections are Night-Crossing (UK, Oxford University Press, 1968); Lives (OUP,1972); The Snow Party (OUP, 1975); […]


Manning, Mary

Mary Manning (also known as Mary Manning Howe) was born in Dublin in 1905 and went to drama school in London when she was sixteen. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kate O'Riordan

O’Riordan, Kate

Kate O’Riordan was born in the West of Ireland. Her novels are Involved (1995), which was shortlisted for the Dillons First Fiction Prize, and has […]

Michael O'Sullivan

O’Sullivan, Michael

Michael O’Sullivan was born in Cork City in 1959. His collections of poetry include The Physics of Parting (Indiana, Wyndham Hall Press/Cloverdale Library, 1993); Mornings […]

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 […]

John W. Sexton

Sexton, John W.

John W. Sexton was born in London, of Irish parents, in 1958. He is the author of one collection, The Prince’s Brief Career (Cairn Mountain […]

Jim Sheridan

Sheridan, Jim

Jim Sheridan was born in Dublin in 1949. He is best known as a film director but his early work was in the theatre. His […]

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 […]

Neville Thompson

Thompson, Neville

Neville Thompson was born in Ballyfermot, Dublin, in 1961. His novels include loves Johnser OK? (Dublin, Poolbeg 1997); Two Birds/One Stoned (Dublin: Poolbeg 1999); Have […]