Máirtín Ó Direáin

Born in the Aran Islands, he joined the postal service in Galway in 1928. He moved to Dublin in 1937 where he worked in the civil service until 1975. He represented Ireland at the Warsaw Autumn Poetry Festival in 1977. His main works of poetry include Rogha Dánta (1949); Ó Mórna agus Dánta Eile (1957); Ar Ré Dhearóil (1962); Cloch Choirnéil (1967); Crainn is Cairde (1970); Ceacht an Éin (1984); Dánta 1939-79 (1980); Béasa an Túir (1984); Tacar Dánta/Selected Poems (1984); and Craobhóg: Dán (1986). An autobiographical essay, Feamainn Bhealtaine, was published in 1961. He received Arts Council awards in 1964 and 1971. He also received the Butler Prize with Eoghan Ó Tuairisc (1967); and the Ossian Prize for Poetry from the FVS Foundation, Hamburg (1977).

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