Well-known, Cork-based poet Matthew Sweeney has died aged 66.
Sweeney, originally from Donegal, passed away this morning. The poet spoke about his battle with motor neuron disease earlier this year.
He is survived by his children and his partner Mary Noonan.
Back in April, Sweeney launched his latest collection of poetry at the Cork World Book Fest.
'My Life As A Painter' was published by Bloodaxe Books just four months ago.
In an Irish Examiner interview, the poet said he would not allow his diagnosis to 'stunt his creativity.'
"Like most people, I prefer not to dwell on my inevitable demise. Where the poems take me is another matter," he said.
Sweeney said his poetry gave him the most joy in life.
Sweeney also hoped his work would inspire other young writers.
His friend Pat Cotter, poet and artistic director of Munster Literature Centre and others have been tweeting about his passing.
My friend Matthew Sweeney is dead. He put up a spirited fight against the reaper in the past week and wrote up a storm in these last months of life. A long sequence appears in the next issue of Poetry magazine and 5 new poems and 6500 word interview in https://t.co/VIzKcf1TRl— Patrick Cotter (@PatrickMCotter) August 5, 2018
Matthew Sweeney was wonderful. A mischief, a temper, and a grin like a rusted zip. He was edgy as fuck and such fun to be around. Last time I saw him he told me very straight-faced about the two times he had sex with a ghost. RIP Matthew & condolences to your friends and family. pic.twitter.com/IETKnLXWIB— Jack Underwood (@underwood_jack) August 5, 2018
Mr Sweeney's sister died of motor neurone disease in 2009.
- Digital Desk