Macdara Woods

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Macdara Woods (born 1942) is an Irish poet born in Dublin. He was educated there at Gonzaga College and University College Dublin.[1][2]


Macdara Woods is married to the poet Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, they have an adult son, Niall, a musician.[3] Woods currently lives in Dublin and Umbria. A founder-editor of the Irish literary magazine Cyphers, he is 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.


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. 

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