Dermot Healy

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Dermot Healy

Dermot Healy is one of Ireland's leading poets and authors. He was born in Finea, County Westmeath, in 1947. His books include Banished Misfortunes (stories), Fighting with Shadows and A Goat's Song (novels), The Bend for Home (memoir), and The Ballyconnell Colours (poems, published by the Gallery Press).

He has written and directed plays, including The Long Swim and On Broken Wings, and wrote the screenplay for Our Boys directed by Cathal Black.

He has edited The Drumlin and Force 10 and is a member of Aosdina. He lived in Rosses Point during the 1980's. Now he lives on a cliff-top in Ballyconnell, where the Atlantic ocean runs under his kitchen.


Dermot Healy's new book of poetry "What The Hammer" is published by the Gallery Press and is available in all good bookshops.