Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

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Éilís Ní Dhuibhne
Born (1954-02-22) 22 February 1954 (age 63)
Dublin, Ireland
Pen name Eilis Almquist
Elizabeth O'Hara
Occupation Writer, Academic
Nationality Irish
Alma mater University College Dublin (UCD)
University of Copenhagen
Genre Novel, Play, Short Story

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne (pronounced [ˈeː.lʲiːʃ nʲiː ˈɣɪvʲ.nʲə]; 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.


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]

Ní Dhuibhne was married to the Swedish folklorist Bo Almqvist (died 2013) and has three children: Marja, 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)
Novels in Irish
  • Dúnmharú sa Daingean (2001)
  • Cailíní Beaga Ghleann na mBláth (2003)
  • Hurlamaboc (2005)
  • Dún an Airgid (2007)
  • Dordán (2011)
  • Blood and Water (1989)
  • 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
  • Hugo and the Sunshine Girl
  • 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 Hide and first performed at the Peacock, Dublin, 1995;
  • Milseog an tSamhraidh
    Produced by Amharclann de Hide 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.


  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. ^ 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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