Born in Dublin in 1955, he studied literature at the University of Essex and Trinity College, Dublin. His collections of poetry are The Shifting of Stones (1986), Behind the Green Curtain (1988), This Far North (1994), Three Songs of Home (1998) and What Darkness Covers (2003). In 1993, his poem The Dowser and the Child won the Poetry Ireland/Friends Provident National Poetry Competition, while These Hills won the Book Stop Poetry Prize. He also edited As the Poet Said (1997), a selection of quotations from Dennis O'Driscoll's regular column in Poetry Ireland Review. In 2003 he was awarded the Varuna House Exchange Fellowship to Australia. A New & Selected Poems is forthcoming from Arc in 2006.
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