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Gregory O'Donoghue
(1951 - 2005)


Gregory O'Donoghue

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Gregory O’Donoghue was born in Cork in 1951, son of the poet and playwright Robert O’Donoghue. He studied English literature in UCC under Sean Lucy and John Montague and was part of what Thomas Dillon Redshaw has described as “that remarkable generation” which also included Theo Dorgan, Maurice Riordan, Gerry Murphy, Thomas McCarthy and Séan Dunne.  After completing an MA he studied for a doctorate at Queen’s College Ontario, Canada where he taught and was married for the first time.

O’Donoghue published his first book Kicking (1975) with the Gallery Press when he was just 24 and became the youngest poet to be included in the Faber Book of Irish Verse. Later he crossed the Atlantic to settle in Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom where he worked freight trains between South Derbyshire and King’s Cross, Nottingham and Skegness. His book Making Tracks (Dedalus 2001) contains many of the poems recounting such experiences.  

In the early 1990s he returned to Cork where he started to write again after many years of silence. He published an interim collection The Permanent Way with the local Three Spires Press and subsequently became workshop leader at the Munster Literature Centre and poetry editor of the journal Southword. In 2005 he published A Visit to the Clockmaker, his translations of a selection of work by the Bulgarian poet Kristin Dimitrova. Seven months later he died unexpectedly and his final collection Ghost Dance (Dedalus) was published posthumously in 2006. In 2009 a prize for a single poem was established in his memory.



More about the author:

Poems by O'Donoghue at Poetry International Web - Ireland

Publication by O'Donoghue at Dedalus Press

O'Donoghues translations of Bulgarian poet Kristin Dimitrova (Southword Editions)



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