Mícheál Ó hAodha

Ó hAodha, Mícheál

Mícheál Ó hAodha was born in 1969. His poems are collected in the dual-language Survivor/Dúchas Dóchasach: Representations of the New Irish ([with paintings by Jean […]

James Clarence Mangan

Mangan, James Clarence

James Clarence Mangan was born in Dublin on May 1st, 1803. He was the son of a former hedge-school teacher who later became a grocer. […]

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 […]

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. […]

Sujata Bhatt

Bhatt, Sujata

Sujata Bhatt was born in Ahmedabad, India in 1956, and spent her early years in Pune. She has translated Gujarati poetry into English for the […]

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 […]

Eva Bourke

Bourke, Eva

Eva Bourke was born in Germany but has lived in Ireland for many years. Her poetry collections are Gonella (Galway, Salmon Publishing, 1985, with drawings […]

Hubert Butler

Butler, Hubert

Hubert Butler was born in Kilkenny in 1900. He is recognized as the most distinctive Irish essayists, writing in the highest traditions of Swift and […]

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; […]

Bríd Dáibhís

Dáibhís, Bríd

Bríd Dáibhís was born in County Laois in 1930. Her collections include Corrán Gealaí (Baila Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, 1978); Cosán na Gréine (Coiscéim, 1989); Tráithnín […]

Pádraig J. Daly

Daly, Pádraig J.

Pádraig J. Daly was born in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, in 1943. His poetry collections are Nowhere but in Praise (Dublin, Profile Press, 1978), Poems: Selected […]

John F. Deane

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 […]

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); […]

Julia O'Faolain by Dave Meehan

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Jack Harte

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, […]

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 […]

Seamus Heaney

Heaney, Seamus

Seamus Heaney was born in Derry in 1939. His bibliography is vast, his work encompassing poetry, criticism, theatre and translation. His major poetry collections are […]

Pearse Hutchinson

Hutchinson, Pearse

Pearse Hutchinson was born in Glasgow of Irish parents in 1927 and reared in Dublin. A polyglot, he lived in Spain for almost ten years […]

Sandymount, Dublin

Iremonger, Valentin

Valentin Iremonger was born in Dublin in 1918. A career diplomat, he served as Irish Ambassador to Sweden, Norway, Finland, India and Luxembourg. With Samuel […]

Peter Jankowsky

Jankowsky, Peter

Peter Jankowsky was born in Berlin in 1939. He studied acting in Berlin and worked for ten years with a number of German theatre companies. […]

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 […]

Trevor Joyce. Portrait by Eva Pollert

Joyce, Trevor

Trevor Joyce was born in Dublin in 1947. Co-founder and co-editor (with Michael Smith) of New Writers’ Press in 1967, and founding editor of The […]

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 […]

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 […]

Anatoly Kudryavitsky

Kudryavitsky, Anatoly

Anatoly Kudryavitsky was born in Moscow in 1954. His father was of Polish origin; his mother was a daughter of an Irishman from South Co. […]

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 […]

Seamas Mac Annaidh

Mac Annaidh, Seamas

Seamas Mac Annaidh born Dublin 1961, and grew up and was educated Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. His novels are Cuaifeach Mo Londubh Buí (Baila Átha Cliath, […]

Louis MacNeice

MacNeice, Louis

(Frederick) Louis MacNeice was born in Belfast in 1907, brought up in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim and educated in England. He studied Classics and Philosophy at […]

Liam Mac Uistin

Mac Uistin, Liam

Liam Mac Uistin was born in Dublin in 1938. His published work includes the novels Esperanza and Dordd (Báile Átha Cliath, Clóchomhar, 1994), for which […]

George mcWhirter

McWhirter, George

George McWhirter was born in Belfast in 1939 and left to live in Spain in 1965. His poetry collections include Catalan Poems (Ottawa, Oberon Press, […]

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); […]

Hugh Maxton

Maxton, Hugh (McCormack, W.J.)

Hugh Maxton (pseudonym of W.J. McCormack) was born near Aughrim in Co Wicklow in 1947. He lived intermittently in Hungary over a period of ten […]

Cormac Millar

Millar, Cormac

Cormac Millar is the pen name of Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, who was born in Cork in 1950 and teaches Italian at Trinity College Dublin. Apart […]

Lorna Shaughnessy

Shaughnessy, Lorna

Lorna Shaughnessy was born in Belfast. Her poetry collections are Torching The Brown River (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Poetry, 2008); and The Witness Tree (Salmon […]

Ronan Sheehan

Sheehan, Ronan

Ronan Sheehan was born in Dublin in 1953. His novels are Tennis Players (Dublin, Co-Op Books, 1977); and Foley’s Asia (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1999). […]

Peter Sirr

Sirr, Peter

Peter Sirr was born in Waterford in 1960. In 1982 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award and in 1983 the poetry prize at Listowel Writers’ […]

Michael Smith

Smith, Michael

Michael Smith was born in Dublin in 1942. He founded New Writers’ Press in 1967, which published Thomas McGreevy, Denis Devlin, Brian Coffey, and other […]

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 […]

Stern, James

James Stern was born in Co Meath in 1904. He emigrated to South Africa and later to Frankfurt and New York. His books include The […]

MacDara Woods

Woods, MacDara

MacDara Woods was born in Dublin in 1942. His collections of poetry include Decimal D. Sec Drinks in a Bar in Marrakesh (Dublin, New Writers […]