Conor O'Callaghan

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Conor O'Callaghan is an Irish poet, born in Newry in 1968. He has published five collections of poetry: The History of Rain (1993; Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award), Seatown (1999), Fiction (2005), "The Sun King" (2013) and "Live Streaming" (2017) . His poetry is published by Gallery Press in Ireland and in North America by Wake Forest University Press.[1][2]

He is also the author of Red Mist: Roy Keane and the Football Civil War (2004), an account of Roy Keane's departure from the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad in and its aftermath, and has written and broadcast on cricket.

O'Callaghan is a former director of the Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown Poetry Now Festival and was shortlisted for the 2005 Poetry Now Award. He is also a former co-holder of the Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University. He currently lectures at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK and distance learning at Lancaster University. He was awarded the 2007 Bess Hokin prize by Poetry magazine.

O'Callaghan's first novel Nothing on Earth was published to acclaim in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year.

He lives in Sheffield with his wife, the scholar of the eighteenth century Mary Peace.



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  • Red Mist: Roy Keane and the Football Civil War (2004)


  1. ^ Justin Quinn The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry, 1800–2000 1139469592 - 2008 ... the poet Conor O'Callaghan. The implication at the end of the poem is that it is O'Callaghan who has stirred' that blackbird into song'.35 The poem is a response to his poem entitled 'Cover Version', from his collection, Fiction (2005), in which ..."
  2. ^ Books Ireland Jeremy Addis - 2006- Nos 282- 290 - Page 111 Conor O'Callaghan and his partner, poet Vona Groarke, are something of a poetry assault-team ... lacking in an awful and occasionally pitiful intellectualism: witness the avalanche-like 'Cover Version', lightly rhyming in .."

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