Celebrating Máirtín Ó Direáin / Ag Ceiliúradh Máirtín Ó Direáin

On Wednesday 30th May, at 6:30 p.m, Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2 will host a special bilingual celebration of the life and work of Máirtín Ó Direáin, the father of modern Irish language poetry.

Máirtín Ó Direáin was originally from the Aran Islands and spoke only Irish until his mid-teens. He was a civil servant from 1928 – 1975 and won several poetry prizes including the Butler Prize, the Ossian Prize for poetry and Arts Council Awards during his life time. While he spent most of his life in Galway and Dublin, his poetry was inspired by his earlier life as a young boy on Inis Mór. Máirtín passed away in Dublin in 1988.

This event will feature actors Macdara Ó Fatharta and Cathal Quinn, accompanied by Enda Reilly on guitar and presented by Tristan Rosenstock, broadcaster and editor. Members of the Ó Direáin family will also be present.