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Gréagóir Ó Dúill

Gréagóir Ó Dúill was born in Dublin in 1946. His father was a traveling salesman, his mother a civil servant. Poems of theirs were published in magazines in Dublin from the 1930s to 1950s. He went to live in Antrim when he was five. He went to St Malachy’s College in Belfast where Muiris Ó Droighneáin and Father Joe Conway were an influence on him. He has a BA from Queens University Belfast. He married Cáit Ní Mhuirígh, a language teacher, the same year. Between 1971 and 1975 he studied part-time in UCD and got an archivist’s qualification and an MA in History during this time. He wrote his doctorate on Sir Samuel Ferguson for St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1989. Barbara Hayley, the Professor of English had a major influence on him during his time in Maynooth.

He retired from the civil service in 1991 and has worked as a full-time writer ever since. He taught poetry writing on the MA course in the Poets’ House, Falcarragh, and he was made assistant director of the college in 2001. He has worked as a lecturer of contemporary Irish-language poetry in Queen’s University, Belfast and in the University of Ulster. He lives in Ranelagh and in Ardaigh Bheag, Gortahork, Donegal.

Gréagóir is among the most productive Irish language writers. He has published eight collections of original poems. Saothrú an ghoirt (Coiscéim, 1994) describes his life in his small house in Donegal. When he took the decision to spend part of the year in the Gaeltacht he addressed the issue about the role of the Gaeltacht in the life of the Irish writer in both a personal and public way. His writing is contemplative and questioning.

Dán Nollag faoin samhradh (Coiscéim, 2010) won an Oireachtas prize as a collection and he was presented with Duais Cholmchille for the poem, ‘Boeing 737’, at the Strokestown Poetry Festival, 2013. Gréagóir writes a critical column about contemporary poetry for the journal, Comhar, every month.

Updated June 2017

Poetry

Balla an chuain: dánta (Coiscéim, 2014)
Outward and return (Doghouse, 2012)
Annála (Leabhair Comhar, 2011)
Dán Nollaig faoin samhradh (Coiscéim, 2010)
Rogha dánta : 1965-2001 (Cois Life Teoranta, 2001)
An fhuinneog thuaidh (Coiscéim, 2000)
GarbhAchadh (Coiscéim, 1996)
Saothrú an ghoirt (Coiscéim, 1994)
Crannóg agus garn (Coiscéim, 1991)
Blaoscoileán (Coiscéim, 1988)
Dubhthrian (Coiscéim, 1985)
Cliseadh : dánta (Coiscéim, 1982)
Innilt bhóthair : dánta, 1966-76 (Coiscéim, 1981)

Other

Eagarthóir, Fearann pinn : filíocht 1900-1999 (Coiscéim, 2000)
Mar atá: scéalta (Coiscéim, 1996)
Samuel Ferguson: beatha agus saothar (An Clóchomhar, 1993)
Eagarthóir, Filíocht Uladh, 1960-1985 (Coiscéim, 1986)

He has contributed many critical and historical articles to various publications.

Translation

Gone to earth (Black Mountain Press, 2005)[Translations to English by Bernie Kenny]
Poulnabrone (Self-published by Bernie Kenny, 2002)[Translations to English by Bernie Kenny]
Traverse (Lapwing, 1998)[Self-translation of his original Irish poems]
Authors and artists, Introduction Series 4 (Windows Publications, 1997)[Self-translation of nine of his own poems]
Jean-Yves Masson (ed.), Anthologie de la poésie Irlandaise du XXe siècle (Verdier, 1996)
Watching the river flow (Poetry Ireland, 1999)[Edited by Duffy, N. agus Dorgan, T.]

Gréagóir Ó Dúill at Cois Life

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