Macdara Woods

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Macdara Woods (1942 – 15 June 2018) was an Irish poet from Dublin. He was educated there at Gonzaga College and University College Dublin.[1][2]


Macdara Woods was married to the poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, they have an adult son, Niall, a musician.[3] He lived in Dublin and Umbria. A founder-editor of the Irish literary magazine Cyphers, he was a member of Aosdána (an organisation established by the Irish Government to honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Arts in Ireland) since 1986.


Woods died on 15 June 2018 in St. James's Hospital.[4]


Poetry collections
  • Decimal D. Sec Drinks in a Bar in Marrakesh (1970), New Writers’ Press
  • Early Morning Matins (1973), Gallery Press
  • The King of the Dead & Other Libyan Tales (1978), Martin, Brian & O’Keeffe
  • Stopping the Lights in Ranelagh (1987, reprinted 1988), Dedalus Press
  • Miz Moon (1988), Dedalus Press
  • The Hanged Man Was Not Surrendering (1990), Dedalus Press
  • Notes From the Countries of Blood-Red Flowers (1994), Dedalus Press
  • Selected Poems (1996), Dedalus Press
  • Knowledge in the Blood, New and Selected Poems (2000, 2007), Dedalus Press
  • The Nightingale Water (2001), Dedalus Press
  • Artichoke Wine (2006), Dedalus Press
  • The Cotard Dimension (2011), Dedalus Press
  • Collected Poems (2012), Dedalus Press (in association with the Arts Council of Ireland)
  • From Sandymount To The Hill Of Howth (2014) Cyphers, Dublin.
  • Music From The Big Tent (2016) Dedalus Press

In Italian:

  • Biglietto di Sola Andata (1998) Moby Dick Editrice, Faenza
  • Above Pesaro/Con Pesaro ai Miei Piedi (1999) Volumnia Editrice, Perugia
Edited books
  • The Kilkenny Anthology (1991), Kilkenny Co. Council.
  • (with Jim Vaughan), Present Tense: Words and Pictures (2006), Mayo Co. Council

Woods's work has been translated into many languages. He has collaborated with musicians, notably Brendan Graham (Winter Fire & Snow, performed by Anúna and others), Benjamin Dwyer (In the Ranelagh Gardens), Militia (Above Pesaro/Con Pesaro ai Miei Piedi) and Richard Hartshorne (The Cello Suites).


  1. ^ Welsh, Robert (1996). The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 605–6.
  2. ^ Lawlor, Brian (2003). The Encyclopedia of Ireland. Gill and Macmillan. p. 1152.
  3. ^ Welsh, Robert (1996). The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 605–6.
  4. ^ Smyth, Gerard (June 17, 2018). "Noted Irish poet Macdara Woods dies at age 76". Irish Times. Retrieved June 18, 2018.

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