Máirtín Ó Direáin
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He worked as a civil servant from 1928 until 1975. His main works include the poetry collections:
- Rogha Dánta (1949)
- Ó Mórna agus Dánta Eile (1957)
- Ar Ré Dhearóil (1962)
- Cloch Choirnéil (1967)
- Crainn is Cairde (1970)
- Dánta 1939-79 (1980)
- Ceacht an Éin (1984)
- Béasa an Túir (1984)
- Tacar Dánta/Selected Poems (1984)
- Craobhóg: Dán (1986)
- Fear Lasta Lampaí (1928 - i Gaillimh/in Galway)
His autobiographical essays are collected as Feamainn Bhealtine (1961). His awards include the An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council Awards (1964 and 1971); the Butler Prize, with Eoghan Ó Tuairisc (1967); the Ossian Prize for Poetry, FVS Foundation, Hamburg (1977). He was a member of Aosdána.
Carraig agus cathair: Ó Direáin is a recent (2002) biography. Its title ('Rock and City') refers to Ó Direáin's journey from his native rocky island to Dublin, where he lived most of his life.
An Charraig Stoite (The Uprooted Rock) is a 2003 award-nominated TG4/Bord Scannán na hÉireann funded documentary on Máirtín Ó Direáin which was written by Alan Titley and produced and directed by Mac Dara Ó Curraidhín.
On 27 May 2010, An Post (the Republic of Ireland's Post Office) issued a single stamp to commemorate the birth centenary of Máirtín Ó Direáin featuring a portrait of the poet. Five of his poems have been put to music by Colm Ó Snodaigh from the music group Kíla: Faoiseamh a Gheobhadsa, Maith Dhom, Bua na Mara, Dínit an Bhróin and Bí i do Chrann. The first three have been recorded on Handel's Fantasy, Luna Park (two Kíla albums) and Giving - Colm's solo album from 2007.