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Mícheál Ó Ruairc

Mícheál Ó Ruairc is a poet, short story writer and novelist from Letteragh in Kerry. He was born on the peninsula known locally as Cloghane-Brandon. He has a BA degree from the National University of Ireland, Cork, and in 1991 he was awarded an M. in Modern Irish from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

He has won literary prizes at the Oireachtas nearly every year since 2003. He was awarded Duais an Mhaolánaigh in 2006 for the short story ‘Daoine a Itheann Daoine’, in 2008 for ‘An briatharchath’ and in 2012 with ‘An mála droma’. He won the main Oireachtas award in 2009 for the story collection, Daoine a itheann daoine (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2010). In 2007 he was awarded the main prize and perpetual trophy in the Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown poetry competition for his poem ‘Naomh Caoimhín agus na hÉin’.

He authorss school textbooks and is an expert on the Leaving Certificate course. Cois Life published his novel for teenagers Tóraíocht taisce in 2012, for which he was awarded an Oireachtas prize that the same year. In 2013 his thriller Fianaise (LeabhairCOMHAR, 2012) was awarded an Oireachtas prize, and the following year he was awarded first prize for poetry at the Oireachtas for his bilingual collection Dambatheanga/Damlanguage (Arlen House, 2014).

For more than twenty years he has organized writing workshops in various parts of the country: Galway, Cork, Kerry and Dublin. He is a book reviewer and critic and has published reviews in ComharFeasta and other magazines. He can be heard frequently on RTÉ Raidió 1 and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. He has lived in Dublin for many years and has spent his life teaching and writing. He has been a full-time writer since 2009. He spent four years as a member of the board of directors of the Irish Writers Centre, during which time the profile of Irish language literature within the centre was greatly strengthened and developed.

Updated June 2017

Young People

Tóraíocht taisce (Cois Life, 2012)
Na lucha ag rince (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2009)
Róis i dTír na sean (Coiscéim, 2005)
I bhfad ó bhaile (Coiscéim, 2004)
An bhfaca éinne agaibh Roy Keane? (Coiscéim, 2003)

Adult learners

Fianaise (Leabhair Comhar, 2012)
Caisleán ghriaire (Coiscéim, 2011)
An saol i sladbhaile: úrscéal grinn (Coiscéim, 2008)
Grá mo chroí, mo vailintín! (Coiscéim, 2007)
Pónairí ar thósta: dialann mic léinn ollscoile, úrscéal don tríú leibhéal (Comhar Teoranta, 2007)
Míle murdar! Úrscéal don fhoghlaimeoir fásta (Comhar Teoranta, 2005)
Bás i mBaile an Ghorta (Comhar Teoranta, 2003)
Trasna na dtonta: scéinséir. Úrscéal don fhoghlaimeoir fásta (Comhar Teoranta, 2001)

Poetry

Dambateanga: damlanguage (Arlen House, 2014)
Síoda ar shíoda: rogha dánta ó 700-2000 (Coiscéim, 2008) [curtha in eagar i gcomhar le Clíodna Cussen]
Dán is céad ón Leitriúch (Coiscéim, 1998)
Fuil samhraidh (Coiscéim, 1987)
Loco i lios na caolbhaí (Coiscéim, 2001)

Educational

Get the points! Ardteistiméireacht Ghaeilge: ardleibhéal (The Education Company of Ireland, 2010)
Fiúntas. Cúrsa iomlán le haghaidh na hArdteistiméireachta Gaeilge: ardleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 2010)
Fiúntas. Cúrsa iomlán le haghaidh na hArdteistiméireachta Gaeilge: ardleibhéal – leabhrán scrúdaithe (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 2010)
Revise your Irish: gnáthleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1998)
EDCO Irish: Ardteistiméireacht ardleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 2006)
Aoibhneas Nua: an Teastas Sóisearach Gaeilge. Cluastuiscint: gnáthleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 2006)
Aoibhneas Nua: an Teastas Sóisearach Gaeilge. Cluastuiscint: ardleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 2006)
Fiúntas 2. Cúrsa próis, filíochta agus stair na Gaeilge don Ardteistiméireacht: ardleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 2004)
Aoibhneas: cluastuiscint don chéad bhliain Gaeilge (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 2001)
Aoibhneas: an Teastas Sóisearach Gaeilge. Cluastuiscint: Gnáthleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 2000)
Aoibhneas: an Teastas Sóisearach Gaeilge. Cluastuiscint: ardleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 2000)
Taisce. Cúrsa teanga don Teastas Sóisearach: ardleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1998, 1996, 1993)
Fiúntas. Cúrsa teanga don Ardteistiméireacht Ghaeilge: ardleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1999)
Binneas. Trialacha cluastuisceana don chúigiú agus don séú bliain: ardleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachas, 1996)
Binneas. Trialacha cluastuisceana don chúigiú agus don séú bliain: gnáthleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1996)
Taisce. Cúrsa teanga don Teastas Sóisearach: gnáthleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1992)
Cíoradh. Filíocht agus prós don Ardteist: ardleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1995)
Cíoradh. Filíocht agus prós don Ardteist: gnáthleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1995)
Cluastuiscint. An Teastas Sóisearach Gaeilge: ardleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1994)
Cluastuiscint. An Teastas Sóisearach Gaeilge: gnáthleibhéal (An Comhlacht Oideachais, 1994)

Mícheál Ó Ruairc at Cois Life

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