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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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Wilde, Oscar

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An Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, short story writer and Freemason.. Irish writer playwright and poet
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Yeats, William Butler

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William Butler Yeats, who is often considered to be one of the foremost figures of the 20th century literature, was born in Sandymount Castle, Dublin (Ireland) on June 13, 1865. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years.
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Milligan, Spike

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Spike Milligan is an Irish comedian writer musician poet playwright soldier and actor. He was born an 'Army Brat', the son of an Irish Captain in the British Raj in India. He lived most of his life in England and served in the British Army, in the Royal Artillery during World War II.
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Boland, Eavan

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An Irish poet.
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Lewis, C S

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an Irish author and scholar of mixed Irish, English, and Welsh ancestry.. novelist poet academic medievalist literary critic essayist lay theologian and Christian apologist from Belfast
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Moore, Thomas

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Thomas Moore was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy and The Last Rose of Summer. He was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron's memoirs after his death.. Irish poet singer songwriter and entertainer
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Joyce, James

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Irish novelist and poet who was born in Rathgar, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland and he managed to pass away far from his birthplace, specifically in Switzerland. Many people known James Joyce as a result of Ulysses, a story that managed to modernize Homer's Odyssey.
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Kavanagh, Patrick

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. Irish poet and novelist
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Behan, Brendan

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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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Swift, Jonathan

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An Irish priest, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, and poet.. Anglo-Irish satirist essayist political pamphleteer poet and cleric
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Burke, Edmund

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

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John Montague is an Irish poet born in New York. He is one of the best known Irish contemporary poets. In 1998 he became the first occupant of the Ireland Chair of Poetry (essentially Ireland's poet laureate).
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Heaney, Seamus

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. Irish poet playwright translator lecturer; 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature
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Durcan, Paul

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Paul Durcan (born 16 October 1944) is a contemporary Irish poet .
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Russell, George William

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George William Russell: Irish poet. George William Russell poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, George William Russell biography.
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Goldsmith, Oliver

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

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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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Gogarty, Oliver St. John

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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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Smith, Michael

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Michael Smith (born 1942) is an Irish poet, author and translator. A member of Aosdána, the Irish National Academy of Artists, Michael Smith was the first Writer in-Residence to be appointed by University College, Dublin and is an Honorary Fellow of UCD. He is a poet who has given a lifetime of service to the art of poetry both in English and Spanish. He has been described as a classical modernist, a poet of modern life. Smith founded New Writers Press in Dublin in 1967 (together with Trevor Joyce and his wife, Irene) and has been responsible for the publication of over seventy books and magazines. He was founder and editor of the influential literary magazine The Lace Curtain. From 1984 to 1989 he was a member of the Arts Council. He has translated into English and published some of the most difficult and exhilarating poets in Spanish, including Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Miguel Hernández (Unceasing Lightning) and the two great Spanish masters of the baroque, Francisco de Quevedo and Luis de Góngora. He has also translated Gerardo Diego 's Manual de espumas, a Selected Poems of José Hierro and selections of the poems of Jiménez and Luis Cernuda, among others. In 2001 he received the prestigious translating award, the European Academy Medal, for his translation of great Spanish poets. His own poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies of Irish poetry, including The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry. Among his most recent books are The Purpose of the Gift: Selected Poems and Maldon and Other Translations (NWP/ Shearsman). His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Polish, French and German. Among his most recent publications are Selected Poems of Rosalía de Castro, The Prison Poems of Miguel Hernández (Parlor Press) and, with Luis Ingelmo, Complete Poems of Claudio Rodriguéz (Shearsman Books), as well as Complete Poems of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. This year (2009), Shearsman has published his Collected Poems. With the Peruvian scholar Valentin Gianuzzi, he has translated and published (Shearsman Books) the complete poems of César Vallejo in four volumes. In 2009 he translated a selection of poems of the Spanish poet Juan Antonio Villacañas in collaboration with Beatriz Villacañas : Juan Antonio Villacañas: Selected Poems (Shearsman Books) .
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Grennan, Eamon

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. Irish poet
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Tynan, Katharine

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Katharine Tynan (23 January 1859 – 2 April 1931) was an Irish-born writer, known mainly for her novels and poetry. After her marriage in 1898 to the English writer and barrister Henry Albert Hinkson (1865–1919) she usually wrote under the name Katharine Tynan Hinkson, or variations thereof. Of their three children, Pamela Hinkson (1900–1982) was also known as a writer.
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Pearse, Patrick

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Patrick Henry Pearse (also known as Pádraig Pearse; Irish: Pádraig Anraí Mac Piarais; An Piarsach; 10 November 1879 – 3 May 1916) was an Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist and political activist who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. He was declared "President of the Provisional Government" of the Irish Republic in one of the bulletins issued by the Rising's leaders, a status that was however disputed by others associated with the rebellion both then and subsequently. Following the collapse of the Rising and the execution of Pearse, along with his brother (Willie Pearse) and fourteen other leaders, Pearse came to be seen by many as the embodiment of the rebellion.. Irish teacher barrister poet writer nationalist and political activist; a leader of the Easter Rising
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Bolger, Dermot

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

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James Simmons (1933–2001) was a poet, literary critic and songwriter from Derry, Northern Ireland .
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Muldoon, Paul

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. Irish poet; 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
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Milligan, Alice

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Alice Milligan (1865–1953) was an Irish nationalist poet and writer, active in the Gaelic League .
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Stephens, James

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James Stephens may refer to:
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MacNeice, Louis

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. Irish poet and playwright; of the generation of "thirties poets"
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Callan, Michael Feeney

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

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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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Brennan, Rory

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

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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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Wilde, Jane

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Jane Francesca Agnes, Lady Wilde (27 December 1821 – 3 February 1896) (born Jane Francesca Elgee in Dublin) was an Irish poet under the pen name "Speranza" and supporter of the nationalist movement; had a special interest on Irish Fairy Tales, which she helped to gather. She married Sir William Wilde on 12 November 1851, and they had three children: William 'Willie' Charles Kingsbury Wilde (1852 – 1899), Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), and Isola Francesca Emily Wilde (1857–1867).. Irish poet and nationalist
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Browne, Frances

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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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Plunkett, Joseph

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Joseph Mary Plunkett (Irish : Seosamh Máire Pluincéid, 21 November 1887 – 4 May 1916) was an Irish nationalist, poet, journalist, and a leader of the 1916 Easter Rising .
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Drennan, William

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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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Moore, Alan

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Alan Moore (poet) (born 1960), Irish writer and poet
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Clarence Mangan, James

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

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Thomas Kinsella (born 4 May 1928) is an Irish poet, translator, editor, and publisher.. Irish poet translator editor and publisher
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Chapman, Patrick

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Patrick Chapman is an Irish poet, writer and screenwriter, born in 1968.
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Bruadair, Dáibhí Ó

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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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Curtis, Tony

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

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Pádraig J. Daly (born 1943) is a contemporary Irish poet .
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Chonchúir, Nuala Ní

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Nuala Ní Chonchúir (born 14 January 1970) is an Irish writer and poet.
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Donovan, Gerard

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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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Kelly, Rita

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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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Searcaigh, Cathal Ó

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Cathal Ó Searcaigh (pronounced  ['kahl o 'aki] ; born 12 July 1956) is an Irish poet, playwright and prose writer who writes in the Irish language (specifically the Ulster dialect ).
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Higgins, Rita Ann

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Rita Ann Higgins, Irish poet and playwright, born 1955.
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Luigdech, Beccán mac

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Beccán mac Luigdech was a 7th-century Irish poet and monk of Iona. He is known for having composed two vernacular poems, Fo réir Choluimb ("Bound to Colum") and Tiugraind Beccáin ("The last verses of Beccán"), which were written c. 640 in praise of St Columba, the founder of Iona. Along with Amra Choluim Cille, the fragment of the Life of St Cumméne (Cummian) and Adomnán 's Life of Columba, the poems offer a contemporary glimpse of the monastic familia of Iona in the 7th century. Beccán has been identified with the Beccán solitarius ("hermit, anchorite") who along with Ségéne, abbot of Iona, was addressed in a letter written by Cumméne in c. 632-3 concerning the Easter controversy. He may also be the Beccán of Rùm, whose death is recorded in the entry for 677 in the Annals of Ulster.
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Liddy, James

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James Liddy (1934–2008) was an Irish poet, born in Dublin, Ireland. He is best known for his collections In A Blue Smoke (1964) and Blue Mountain (1968). The first volume of Liddy's memoir, The Doctor's House: An Autobiography, was published in 2004.
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