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Wake Forest
University Press

Wake Forest University Press

Dedicated to Irish Poetry

Máirtín Ó Direáin

“He is part of that founding trinity of contemporary poetry in Irish … who gave voice to a new sensibility, whose work struck a chord with readers.”
– Pól Ó Muirí, Irish Times

Often called “Ireland’s unacknowledged poet laureate,” Máirtín Ó Direáin (1910–1988) was one of the foremost poets of the Irish language in the 20th century. Born and raised on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, he grew up speaking Irish only. He later lived in Galway and Dublin and worked as a civil servant. His poetry often deals with the tension between the rural and the urban, the traditional and the modern, and though deeply rooted in the Gaelic tradition, shows influence from wider European writers.

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