John FitzGerald

It is rare to come across a debut from a poet whose voice is so assured and unfaltering. These lyrics are steeped in tradition, echoing Edward Thomas in places, and there are thrilling glints of a brave imagination: a cat’s tongue, in one poem, is “genital pink”.

     — Seán Hewitt, The Irish Times

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John FitzGerald by John MinihanJohn FitzGerald was born in Cork in 1962. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2014 and was shortlisted for a Hennessy Award in 2015. A chapbook, First Cut, appeared in 2017, followed by Darklight, a limited edition, in 2019.

A recipient of a Key West Literary Bursary, John FitzGerald has lived in Dublin, London and Florence, and since 1995 has worked as University Librarian at University College Cork. He lives with his family on their farm in Carrigdarrery, County Cork. The Time Being is his first collection with The Gallery Press. 

A new edition of Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire by Eileen O’Connell /The Lament for Art O’Leary translated by John FitzGerald includes the Irish and, for the first time, Jack B Yeats’s monochrome drawings will be published in April 2023.  

Irish Examiner: John discusses his poetry and inspirations.

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The Lament for Art O'Leary - John FitzGerald

The Lament for Art O’Leary

The heartrending story of Eileen O’Connell (Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill) and Art O’Leary (Art Ó Laoghaire) has survived for two and a half centuries in history, folklore and art.

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