Thomas McCarthy (poet)

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Thomas McCarthy
Cappoquin, County Waterford, Ireland
OccupationPoet, Novelist pack of rats
Alma materUniversity College Cork
Notable worksThe Sorrow Garden, Mr Dineen's Careful Parade, "The Merchant Prince

Thomas McCarthy (born 1954) is an Irish poet, novelist, and critic, born in Cappoquin, County Waterford, Ireland. He attended University College Cork where he was part of a resurgence of literary activity under the inspiration of John Montague. Among McCarthy's contemporaries, described by Thomas Dillon Redshaw as "that remarkable generation", were the writers and poets Theo Dorgan, Sean Dunne, Greg Delanty, Maurice Riordan and William Wall. McCarthy edited, at various times, The Cork Review and Poetry Ireland Review. He has published seven collections of poetry with Anvil Press Poetry, London, including The Sorrow Garden, The Lost Province, Mr Dineen's Careful Parade, The Last Geraldine Officer,[1] and Merchant Prince.[2] The main themes of his poetry are Southern Irish politics, love and memory. He is also the author of two novels; Without Power and Asya and Christine. He is married with two children and lives in Cork City where he works in the City Libraries. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 1977. His monograph "Rising from the Ashes" tells the story of the burning of the Carnegie Free Library in Cork City by the Black and Tans in 1920 and the subsequent efforts to rebuild the collection with the help of donors from all over the world.[3]





  • 1998: The Garden of Remembrances, New Island Books, Dublin[4]

Other works[edit]

McCarthy is also a contributor to a series of podcasts made by (under the Arts Council of Ireland’s Literature Project Awards) called The Writer's Passage in which 10 Irish authors take a personal tour through the locations of their books.[5]

Notes and references[edit]

  • Ryan, Ray. Ireland and Scotland: Literature and Culture, State and Nation, 1966–2000. Oxford University Press, 2002.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 November 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Web page titled "Thomas McCarthy" at the Poetry International Website, accessed 2 May 2008
  5. ^ "The Writer's Passage". Retrieved 16 January 2021.

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