Ciarán Collins is a writer from Inniscarra, Co Cork. His debut novel The Gamal was published by Bloomsbury, and his play Primal will premiere at Cork Arts Theatre from March 5-9. He teaches English and Irish as well as hurling, film-making and creative writing at Hamilton High School, Bandon. He lives in Kinsale with his wife and has two children.
You could say it was the twinkle in his eye, his default Ulster earthiness, or the armchair-by-the-Aga warmth in his voice that made Seamus Heaney such a loved Irishman but, as anyone beguiled, seduced or challenged by his poetry will admit, our relationship with the great poet runs far, far deeper.
Patrick Leigh Fermor died five years ago this month, aged 96, and though he claimed to be part Irish, he was a man of the world, who walked from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul in his teens, and who later became a great travel writer, says