Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: 1998 – Cead Aighnis, by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Máirín Nic Eoin

modern-ireland-in-100-artworksThe poet’s ethical concerns are evident
throughout this landmark collection

Since the publication of her early collections An Dealg Droighin (1981), Féar Suaithinseach (1984) and Feis (1991), Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill has been recognised as a major voice in Irish poetry, renowned in particular for her self-conscious engagement with folklore and mythology as rich sources of imagery and insight.

Ní Dhomhnaill was born in Lancashire to Irish-speaking parents, and her poetry bears the imprint of complex personal and community histories of migration and intercultural encounter. Family circumstances brought her to Tipperary, and she went to secondary school in Limerick, studied at University College Cork (where she was associated with the Innti poets: see the entry in this series for 1983) and lived in the Netherlands and Turkey before settling in the south Dublin suburb that has been her base since the 1980s. 

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