Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

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Éilís Ní Dhuibhne
Born (1954-02-22) 22 February 1954 (age 65)
Dublin, Ireland
Pen nameEilis Almquist
Elizabeth O'Hara
OccupationWriter, Academic
Alma materUniversity College Dublin (UCD)
University of Copenhagen
GenreNovel, Play, Short Story

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne (pronounced [ˈeːlʲiːʃ nʲiː ˈɣɪvʲnʲə]; born 22 February 1954), also known as Eilis Almquist and Elizabeth O'Hara, is an Irish novelist and short story writer who writes both in Irish and English. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and is a recipient of the Irish PEN Award.


Ní Dhuibhne was born in Dublin in 1954. She attended University College Dublin (UCD), where she studied Pure English, then Folklore. She was awarded the UCD Entrance scholarship for English, and two post graduate scholarships in Folklore. In 1978-9 she studied at the University of Copenhagen, and in 1982 was awarded a PhD from the National University of Ireland (NUI). She has worked in the Department of Irish Folklore in UCD, and for many years as a curator in the National Library of Ireland. Also a teacher of Creative Writing, she has been Writer Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin and is currently Writer Fellow at UCD. She is a member of Aosdána[1], an ambassador for the Irish Writers' Centre, and President of the Folklore of Ireland Society (An Cumann le Béaloideas Éireann).

Ní Dhuibhne was married to the Swedish folklorist Bo Almqvist (died 2013) and has two children: Ragnar and Olaf.

Further information on Éilís Ní Dhuibhne's work may be found in Rebecca Pelan, ed, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne: Perspectives. Galway, Arlen House, 2009.[2]


List of works[edit]

Novels in English
  • The Bray House (1990)
  • Singles (1994)
  • The Dancers Dancing (1999)
  • Fox, Swallow, Scarecrow (2007)
  • Sister Caravaggio (2014)
Novels in Irish
  • Dúnmharú sa Daingean (2001)
  • Cailíní Beaga Ghleann na mBláth (2003)
  • Hurlamaboc (2005)
  • Dún an Airgid (2008)
  • Dordán (2011)
  • Aisling Nó Iníon A (2015)
  • Blood and Water (1988)
  • Eating Women Is Not Recommended (1991)
  • The Inland Ice (1997)
  • The Pale Gold of Alaska (2000)
  • Midwife to the Fairies (2003)
  • The Shelter of Neighbours (2012)
Children's Books
  • The Uncommon Cormorant (1990)
  • Hugo and the Sunshine Girl (1991)
  • The Hiring Fair (1992)
  • Blaeberry Sunday (1993)
  • Penny Farthing Sally (1996)
  • The Sparkling Rain (2004)
  • Snobs, Dogs and Scobies (2011)
  • Dún na mBan Trí Thine
    Produced by Amharclann de hÍde and first performed at the Peacock, Dublin, 1995;
  • Milseog an tSamhraidh
    Produced by Amharclann de hÍde and first performed at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, in 1996;
  • The Nettle Shirts
    Produced by the Abbey and performed at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin, in 1998.


  • Twelve Thousand Days: A Memoir of Love and Loss (2018)


  1. ^ "aosdana". artscouncil.ie. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Collection 2009".
  3. ^ http://www.eilisnidhuibhne.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=27 for the entire bibliography, including the awards.
  4. ^ Doyle, Martin. "Ríona Judge McCormack wins Hennessy New Irish Writer award". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  5. ^ Laura Slattery (16 January 2015). "Éilís Ní Dhuibhne to receive the Irish PEN Award for outstanding contribution to Irish literature". The Irish Times. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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