Poetry Award Winners List 1971 – 2018

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award is an Irish poetry award for a collection of poems by an author who has not previously been published in collected form. It is confined to poets born on the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or a long-term resident of Ireland. It is based on an open competition whose closing date is in July each year. The award was founded by the Patrick Kavanagh Society in 1971 to commemorate the poet.

Competition secretaries were Martin Hanratty (1971–72), Tom Quinn (1973–83), Magdalene Quinn (1984–2000), Daigh Quinn (2001–02), and Rosaleen Kearney (2003 onwards). Since 2009 the Judge of the Award and President of the Society has been the poet, novelist and screenwriter Brian Lynch (see www.brianlynch.org.). Past judges have included Brendan Kennelly, John Montague, Gerald Dawe, Thomas McCarthy, Theo Dorgan, Paula Meehan, Conor O’Callaghan, Vona Groarke, Moya Cannon, and Gabriel Rosenstock. It is now run by the Society in conjunction with the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen.

From 2011, the award is presented at the end of September during the Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre.

Winners List 1971 – 2018

Sean Clarkin
Wexford based poet his book Without Frenzy was published in 1974.
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Dublin based poet and critic. Her poetry books include Acts and Monuments (1973), Site of Ambush (1975), The Second Voyage (1977), Cork (1981), The Rose Geranium (1981), The Magdalene Sermon (1989), The Brazen Serpent (1994), The Girl Who Married the Reindeer (2001) and Selected Poems (2008).
Paul Durcan
Dublin based poet, who is a member of Aosdána. His books include Endsville [with Brian Lynch] (1967), O Westport in the Light of Asia Minor (1975), Sam’s Cross (1978), Teresa’s Bar (1976), Jesus, Break his Fall (1980), Ark of the North (1982), The Selected Paul Durcan edited by Edna Longley (1982), Jumping the Train Tracks with Angela (1983), The Berlin Wall Café (1985), Going Home to Russia (1987), In the Land of Punt (with Gene Lambert 1989), Jesus and Angela (1998), Daddy, Daddy (1990); Crazy About Women (1991), A Snail in My Prime: New and Selected Poems, (1993), Give Me Your Hand (1994), Christmas Day (1997), Greetings to Our Friends in Brazil (1999), Cries of an Irish Caveman (2001), The Art of Life ( 2004) and The Laugher of Mothers (2007), Life Is a Dream: 40 Years Reading Poems 1967–2007 (2009).
John Ennis
Waterford based poet- his books include Night on Hibernia (1976), Dolmen Hill (1977), A Drink of Spring (1979), The Burren Days (1985), Arboretum (1990), In a Greener Shade (1991), Down in the Deeper Helicon (1994), Telling the Bees (1995), Selected Poems (1996), Tráithníní (2000) and Near St Mullins (2002).
Aidan Carl Matthews
Dublin based poet,author and playwright. His poetry books include Windfalls (1977), Minding Ruth (1983); and According to the Small Hours (1998). His plays are The Diamond Body, Entrance, Exit and Communion.His story collections are Adventures in a Bathyscope (1988), and Lipstick on the Host (1992) and his novel, Muesli at Midnight (1990).
Thomas McCarthy
Cork based poet and Aosdána member. His poetry works include The First Convention (1978), The Sorrow Garden1 (1981), The Non-Aligned Storyteller (1984), Seven Winters in Paris (1989), The Lost Province (1996) Mr Dineen’s Careful Parade: New and Selected Poems (1999), and Merchant Prince (2005). His novels are Without Power (1990), Asya and Christine (1993) and The Garden of Remembrances (1998), New Island Books, Dublin.
Rory Brennan
Dublin based poet his works include The Sea on Fire (1978), The Walking Wounded (1985), and The Old in Raphallo (1996).
Michael Coady
Carrick-on-Suir based poet and member of Aosdána his books include Two for a Woman. Three for a Man (1980) Oven Lane (1987). All Souls (1998) and One Another (2003).

Nuala Archer
Cleveland based poet her books include Whale on the Line (1981), Two Shores:Poems by Medbh McGuckian and Nuala Archer (1989), The Hour of Pan/Amá (1992), From a Mobile Home (1995).
Harry Clifton
Dublin based poet and novelist is a member of Aosdána. His poetry books include he Walls of Carthage (1977), Office of the Salt Merchant (1979), Comparative Lives (1982), The Liberal Cage(1988), Night Train through the Brenner (T1996), The Desert Route Selected Poems 1973–1988 (1992), God in France (2003); and Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks, 1994–2004 (2007). His novels include On the Spine of Italy (1999)and collected stories Berkeley’s Telephone (2000).
Peter Sirr
Dublin based poet who is a member Aosdána. His books include Marginal Zones (1984); Talk, Talk (1987), Ways of Falling (1991), The Ledger of Fruitful Exchange (2000), Nonetheless (2004) Selected Poems 1982–2004 (2004) and The Thing Is (2009).
Greg Delanty
Vermont based poet his cooks include Cast in the Fire (1986), * Southward (1992), American Wake (1995), The Hellbox (1998), The Blind Stitch (2002), Collected Poems 1986–2006 (2006) and The Ship of Birth (2007).
Tom O’Malley
Navan based poet his poetry book is Journey Backward (1988).
Roz Cowman
Cork based poet her collection is The Goose Herd (1989).
Padraig Rooney
His poetry hooks are in the Bonsai Garden (1988) and The Escape Artist (2006) His novel is Oasis (1982).
Anthony Glavin (decd 2006) was a Poet and Music professor. His poetry book The Wrong Side of the Alps was published in 1989.
Angela Greene (decd.) was a poet whose poetry book Silence and the Blue Night was published in 1993.
Pat Boran
Dublin based poet and author, who is a member of Aosdána. His poetry books includes The Unwound Clock (1990), History and Promise (1990), Familiar Things (1993), The Shape of Water (1996), As the Hand, the Glove (2001) and New and Selected Poems (2007) His prose nooks are All the Way from China (1998), Strange Bedfellows (1991,)A Short History of Dublin (2000) and The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (2005).

Sinéad Morrissey
Belfast based poet. Her books include There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996), Between Here and There (2001), The State of the Prisons (2005), and Through the Square Window (2009).
Sheila O’Hagan
Dublin based poet. Her works include Peacock’s Eye (1992), The Troubled House (1995) and Along the Liffey: Poems & Short Stories (2009).
Aine Millar
Dublin based poet. Her collection Goldfish in a Baby Bath was published in 1994.
Conor O’Callaghan
Manchester based poet. His poetry books include The History of Rain (1993), Seatown (1999), Fiction (2005) and the novel Red Mist: Roy Keane and the Football Civil War (2004).
Celia de Fréine
Dublin based poet and dramatist who writes primarily in the Irish language. Her poetry book in English is Scarecrows at Newtownards (2005) and her poetry collections in Irish are Faoi Chabáistí is Ríonacha (Of Cabbages and Queens) (2001) and Fiacha Fola (Blood Debts) (2004). Her plays include Nara Turas é in Aistear (That the journey may not have been in vain (2000), Anraith Neantóige (Nettle Soup) (2004) and Cóirín na dTonn (Corinne of the Waves) (2004).
William Wall
Cork based poet and author. His poetry books are Mathematics And Other Poems (1997 and Fahrenheit Says Nothing To Me (2004) His novels include Alice Falling 2000), Minding Children (2001), The Map of Tenderness (2003) and This Is The Country (2005). His shorty story collection is No Paradiso (2006).
Bill Tinley
Maynooth based poet his book is Grace (2001).
Fr. Michael McCarthy
Durham based priest and poet. His book Birds’ Nests and Other Poems was published in 2003.
Carmel Fitzsimons
London based poet.
Eibhlin nic Eochaidh
Leitrim based poet.

Joseph Woods
Dublin based poet and Director of Poetry Ireland. His books are Sailing to Hokkaido (2001), Bearings (2005) and was co-editor of Our Shared Japan (2007).
Ann Leahy
Dublin based her collection is The Woman who Lived Her Life Backwards (2008).
Alice Lyons
Roscommon based, poet and artist, her collection is Staircase Poems (2006).
Manus McManus
Joseph Horgan
Cork based poet His book is Slipping Letters Beneath the Sea (2008).
Dave Lordan
Cork based his poetry collections are The Boy in the Ring (2008) and Invitation to a Sacrifice (2010).
Enda Coyle-Greene
Skerries based poet her first collection Snow Negatives was published in 2007.
Conor Carville
Reading based poet.
Geraldine Mitchell
Mayo based poet her first collection World Without Maps was published in 2011.
Martin Dyar
Dublin and Mayo based poet.
Connie Roberts, a Co. Offaly native, emigrated to the United States in 1983.
Helena Nolan
Kilkenny-born, working in Dublin.
Caoilinn Hughes
Galway-born poet and novelist, currently completing a PhD at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.
Rafiq Kathwari, lives in Omeath, Co. Louth.
He was born in Kashmir and spent most of his adult life in the U.S.
John Fitzgerald lives in Co, Cork and is the Librarian at University College Cork.
John Mee lives in Cork and lectures law at University College Cork.
2016 Winner:
Laurence O’Dwyer
Born in Tipperary in 1977, Laurence O’Dwyer is graduate of University College Cork (BSc Physiology, 2000) and holds a PhD in ‘paradigms of memory formation’ from Trinity College Dublin. His brain imaging research in autism and Alzheimer’s disease has been published in a range of academic journals and his science journalism appears in the Guardian and the Irish Medical Times.
2017 Winner:
Ruth Timmins was born in Dublin in 1974. Her family moved to Co Wexford where Ruth went to school, moving back to the city in the 90’s. For thirteen years, Ruth worked as a journalist for various publications, including assistant editor with TGM (Today’s Grocer Magazine). Ruth has been writing poetry since she was a young girl, and now writes full time from her cottage in Curracloe, Co Wexford where she lives with her 8 year old son.
Winner 2018: 
Conor Cleary is from Tralee, Co. Kerry and lives in Glasgow. He has recently graduated with an MA in Poetry from Queen’s University, Belfast, where he was the recipient of the 2016 Seamus Heaney Centre MA Award. His poetry has appeared in Icarus, The Tangerine, Poetry Ireland Review and The Stinging Fly. He was a participant in the 2017 Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. His first pamphlet is forthcoming with The Emma Press.

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