Renowned poet O’Grady dies

The internationally renowned Limerick-born poet Desmond O’Grady has passed away after suffering a heart attack.

Desmond O'Grady: Lived in Kinsale for past 25 years.

Mr O’Grady, who was in his late 70s, was educated in Roscrea before leaving Ireland during the 1950s to teach and write in Paris, Rome, and the US.

He became a teaching fellow at Harvard University where he took his MA and PhD in Celtic languages and literatures and comparative studies. He also taught at the American University in Cairo and the University of Alexandria, Egypt.

From the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, while teaching in Rome, he was a founder member of the European Community of Writers, European editor of The Transatlantic Review, and organised the Spoleto International Poetry Festival and played the Irish poet part in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.

A member of Aosdána, he was the 2004 recipient of the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship.

Daughter Deirdre paid tribute to her father, saying he leaves behind a life’s work that includes a large catalogue of publications of prose, poems, and translations. She said he died after suffering a heart attack in Cork, having been in ill health for the last few years.

The funeral of Desmond O’Grady will be held in Kinsale, where he lived for the last 25 years of his life.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

Jury call for staff with medical background to oversee 'refusal of treatment' by prisoners

Kerry barrister selected to work with US Innocence Project

Open verdict at inquest into death of All-Ireland winning Garda Sergeant

Inquest hears how language barrier may have played role in death


You might also like

Breaking Stories

Teachers' union votes to accept pay restoration deal

Martin Callinan controversy expected to be raised in Dáil

Luas stoppages cancelled as union considers new pay deal

Anti-smoking group criticises delay in introducing plain packaging

Lifestyle

MAKING CENTS: International expertise at local level for start-ups

Michael Kiwanuka: A black man in a white world fighting back the stereotype

DEBATE: Do you tip for good service?

Louise McSharry tackles her weight issues and troubled upbringing in new book

More From The Irish Examiner