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Famous Irish Poets - Famous Poets from Ireland

This famous Irish poets section is an educational source of information and inspiration featuring reknown Irish poets. Here you will find famous poets of our time and times past from Ireland.

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Bardwell, Leland

Leland Bardwell (born 1922) is an Irish poet, novelist and playwright. She was born in India to Irish parents, and moved to Ireland at the age of two.
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Behan, Brendan

Brendan Francis Behan (/ ' b i n / BEE -n ; Irish : Breandán Ó Beacháin ; 9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA's youth organisation Fianna Éireann at the age of fourteen. However, there was also a strong emphasis on Irish history and culture in the home, which meant he was steeped in literature and patriotic ballads from a tender age. Behan eventually joined the IRA at sixteen, which led to him serving time in a borstal youth prison in the United Kingdom and was also imprisoned in Republic of Ireland. During this time, he took it upon himself to study and he became a fluent speaker of the Irish language. Subsequently released from prison as part of a general amnesty given by the Fianna Fáil government in 1946, Behan moved between homes in Dublin, Kerry and Connemara and also resided in Paris for a period.
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Boland, Eavan

An Irish poet.. Irish poet
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Bolger, Dermot

Dermot Bolger (born 1959) is an Irish novelist, playwright and poet born in Finglas, a suburb of Dublin .
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Boran, Pat

Pat Boran (born 1963) is an Irish poet. Born in Portlaoise, Boran has lived in Dublin for a number of years. He is the publisher of the Dedalus Press which specialises in contemporary poetry from Ireland, and international poetry in English-language translation, and was until 2007 Programme Director of the annual Dublin Writers Festival. Currently he is the presenter of "The Poetry Programme", a weekly half-hour poetry programme on RTÉ Radio 1. (The archive for the programme features his interviews with poets such as Tess Gallagher, Tony Curtis, John Haynes, Gerry Murphy and Jane Hirschfield .) He won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 1989 and in 2008 received the Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.
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Boyse, Samuel

Samuel Boyse (1708 – May 1749) was an Irish poet and writer who worked for Sir Robert Walpole and whose religious verses in particular were prized and reprinted in his time.
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Brennan, Rory

Rory Brennan (born 1945) is an Irish poet, born in Westport, County Mayo .
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Browne, Frances

Frances Browne (16 January 1816 – 21 August 1879) was an Irish poet and novelist, best remembered for her collection of short stories for children: Granny's Wonderful Chair .
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Bruadair, Dáibhí Ó

Dáibhí Ó Bruadair (1625 – January 1698) was one of the most significant Irish language poets of the 17th century. He lived through a momentous time in Irish history and his work serves as testimony to the death of the old Irish cultural and political order and the decline in respect for the once honoured and feared poetic classes. His ode, D'Aithle Na bhFileadh (The High Poets are Gone) upon the death of a fellow poet is a particularly poignant reminder of this decline and lament that Ireland was now a far less educated place due to it.
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Burke, Edmund

Irish poet, fl. 1856, whose only work was a book of poems called Musings in the Village Haunts.
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Callan, Michael Feeney

Michael Feeney Callan is a novelist, filmmaker, poet and painter, also known for his biographical writing.
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Carson, Ciarán

Ciaran Gerard Carson (born 9 October 1948) is a Belfast, Northern Ireland -born poet and novelist.
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Chapman, Patrick

Patrick Chapman is an Irish poet, writer and screenwriter, born in 1968.
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Chiara, Luccreth moccu

Luccreth moccu Chíara (floruit c. 665 AD) was a poet from County Kerry, Ireland who wrote in archaic Old Irish. Moccu is an archaic form marking affiliation to an ancestral population group or gens, in this case the Cíarraige. James Carney identifies the poet in genealogies of the Cíarraige as the last of six sons of a certain Áine, a descendant of Mug Airt, also known as Cíar, son of the legendary Ulaid hero Fergus mac Róich and supposed founder of the Cíarraige. The genealogies add that Luccreth had no children, and that "His dwelling-place faces the church of Cluain on the south".
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Chonchúir, Nuala Ní

Nuala Ní Chonchúir (born 14 January 1970) is an Irish writer and poet.
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Clarence Mangan, James

James Clarence Mangan, born James Mangan (1 May 1803, Dublin - 20 June 1849) was an Irish poet.. Irish poet
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Colum, Padraic

Padraic Colum (8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972) was an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer, playwright, children's author and collector of folklore. He was one of the leading figures of the Irish Literary Revival .
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Connacht, Cuirithir of

Cuirithir of Connacht, Irish poet, fl. 7th century.
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Cunningham, John

John Cunningham (1729 – 1773) was a Dublin born playwright, poet and actor, who spent much of his life in, and according to Allan, "whose name and fame will for ever be identified with Newcastle ."
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Curtis, Tony

Tony Curtis (born 1955) is an Irish poet.
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Daly, Pádraig J.

Pádraig J. Daly (born 1943) is a contemporary Irish poet .
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Davis, Thomas

Thomas Osborne Davis (14 October 1814 – 16 September 1845) was a revolutionary Irish writer who was the chief organiser and poet of the Young Ireland movement.
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Delanty, Greg

Greg Delanty (born 1958) is an Irish poet. He is artist-in-residence at Saint Michael's College, where many of his current and past students have noted his alluring and prominent Irish accent and his seeming belief they are all "taking tablets". He is also the current President of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers .
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Donovan, Gerard

Gerard Donovan is an acclaimed Irish-born novelist, photographer and poet living in Plymouth, England, working as a lecturer at the University of Plymouth .
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Drennan, William

William Drennan (1754 – 1820), a physician, poet, educationalist and political radical, was one of the chief architects of the Society of United Irishmen. He is also known as the first to refer in print to Ireland as "the emerald isle" in his poem " When Erin first rose ".
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Dunne, Seán

Seán Dunne (1956-1995) was a poet born in Waterford, Ireland .
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Durcan, Paul

Paul Durcan (born 16 October 1944) is a contemporary Irish poet .
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Ennis, John

John Ennis (born 1944) is an Irish poet born in Westmeath in 1944.
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Fréine, Celia de

Celia de Fréine (1948) is a poet, playwright, screenwriter and librettist who writes in Irish and English.
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Galvin, Patrick

Patrick Galvin (15 August 1927 – 10 May 2011 ) was an Irish poet, singer, playwright, and prose and screen writer born in Cork's inner city.
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Gibbon, Monk

William Monk Gibbon (1896 - 29 November 1987) was an Irish poet and prolific author, known as "The Grand Old Man of Irish Letters". His collection of over twenty volumes of poetry, autobiography, travel and criticism are kept at Queen's University Belfast. He also wrote many published novels, and has been characterised as "self-regarding and prickly".
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Gogarty, Oliver St. John

Oliver Joseph St John Gogarty (17 August 1878 – 22 September 1957) was an Irish poet, author, otolaryngologist, athlete, politician, and well-known conversationalist, who served as the inspiration for Buck Mulligan in James Joyce 's novel Ulysses .
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Goldsmith, Oliver

An Irish writer and physician known for his pastoral poem The Deserted Village.. Anglo-Irish writer and poet
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Granier, Mark

Mark Granier born in London, England, is an Irish poet and photographer based in Dublin, Ireland.. Irish poet and photographer
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Greaney, Patrick

Patrick Greaney (fl. 18th century) was a Gaelic - Irish poet.
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Grennan, Eamon

. Irish poet
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Gwynn, Stephen

Stephen Lucius Gwynn (13 February 1864 – 11 June 1950) was an Irish journalist, biographer, author, poet and Protestant Nationalist politician. and Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. As member of the Irish Parliamentary Party he represented Galway city from 1906 to 1918. He served as officer with an Irish regiment of the 16th (Irish) Division during World War I .
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Hartnett, Michael

Michael Hartnett (Irish : Mícheál Ó hAirtnéide ) (18 September 1941 – 13 October 1999) was an Irish poet who wrote in both English and Irish. He was one of the most significant voices in late 20th-century Irish writing and has been called " Munster's de facto poet laureate".
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hArtucain, Cinaed Ó

Cináed ua hArtacáin (died 975) was an Irish Gaelic poet .
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Healy, Randolph

Randolph Healy (born 1956) is an Irish poet and publisher.
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Heaney, Seamus

. Irish poet playwright translator lecturer; 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature
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Higgins, F. R.

Frederick Robert Higgins (24 April 1896 - 6 January 1941) was an Irish poet and theatre director.
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Higgins, Kevin

Kevin Higgins (born in 1967 in London of Irish parents) is a British poet.
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Higgins, Rita Ann

Rita Ann Higgins, Irish poet and playwright, born 1955.
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Hutchinson, Pearse

Pearse Hutchinson (1927 – 14 January 2012) was an Irish poet, broadcaster and translator.
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Iremonger, Valentin

Valentin Iremonger (1918 - 22 May 1991) was an Irish diplomat and poet .
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Jordan, John

John Jordan (1930–1988) was an Irish poet and short-story writer.
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Joyce, James

. Irish novelist and poet
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Kavanagh, Patrick

. Irish poet and novelist
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Kelly, Rita

Rita Kelly (born 1953) is an Irish poet from Ballinasloe in eastern County Galway who now lives in an old lock house along the river Barrow between Athy and Carlow. She has published several collections of poetry and has been featured in a number of magazines and journals. Her poems Mé sa ghluaisteán leat (In the car with you ) and Is bronntanas na maidine thú (You are the morning's gift ) were featured in Filíocht Ghrá na Gaeilge. She was married to the writer Eoghan Ó Tuairisc from 1972 until his death in 1982.
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