Farren was a native of County Dublin, where he worked as a school teacher and was a director of broadcasting at Raidió Teilifís Éireann. He was the author of a much-acclaimed critical work, The Course of Irish Verse in English (1948). Five of his own poems were included in The Oxford Book of Irish Verse, 17th century-20th century (ed. by Donagh MacDonagh and Lennox Robinson, Clarendon Press) in 1958.
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