Watters, Eugene

Eugene Watters
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Eugene Watters/Eoghan Ó Tuairisc was born in Ballinasloe, Co Galway in 1919.
He received a Masters Degree in English Literature and Language from UCD. He served as an Officer in the Irish Army and worked as a primary teacher in Dublin until 1961, when he became a full time writer. After the death of his first wife he returned to teaching briefly in Cappagh Hospital, Dublin, where among others he taught the writers Paddy Doyle and Philip Casey. His work includes poetry, drama, short stories, novels, essays, and lectures in Irish and English.
He was editor of Feasta from 1962 until 1965. His main works in fiction include L’Attaque; and An Lomnochtán.
His poetry includes The Week-end of Dermot and Grace (Dublin, Allen Figgis & Son, 1964, reprinted in Eugene Watters Special Issue, Poetry Ireland Review, No 13, Spring 1985); Lux Aeterna (Allen Figgis, 1964); Dé Luain ( Allen Figgis, 1966); Rogha an Fhile (1974); and Dialann sa Disart [with Rita Kelly] (Baile Átha Cliath, Coiscéim, 1981).
His plays include Lá Fhéile Michíl (Baile Átha Cliath, Clodhanna Teo., 1967); Aisling Mhic Artáin (Clodhanna Teo. [Folens] 1978); and Fornocht do Conac (Baile Átha Cliath, Foilseacháin an Rialtais, 1981); Na Mairnéalaigh; Cúirt an Mhéan Oíche; La Fhéile Mhichíl; An Hairyfella in Ifreann; and Fornocht do Chonac.
His prose includes Murder in Three Moves (1960); L’Attaque (Allen Figgis 1962); [The Story of a] Hedgeschool Master (1975); Dé Luain; and An Lomnochtán (Dublin & Cork, Mercier, 1978).
His translations include The Road to Brightcity (nine short stories by Máirtín Ó Cadhain). A member of Aosdána, he died in 1982 and is buried in Ballinasloe.

Eugene Watters at The National Library of Ireland