Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is widely regarded as the greatest living poet in the Irish language.

Growing up in the Irish-speaking areas of West Kerry and Tipperary, she studied Irish and English at University College Cork, where she later taught those subjects.

Nuala Headshot

Ní Dhomhnaill published her first collection of poetry in Irish, An Dealg Droighin (1981). Her works include poetry collections, children’s plays, screenplays, anthologies, articles, reviews and essays, including Selected Poems/Rogha Dánta (1986); Pharaoh's Daughter (1990), The Astrakhan Cloak (1992), The Water Horse (1999), and The Fifty Minute Mermaid (2007). Selected Essays appeared in 2005.

Ní Dhomhnaill was awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry from 2001-2004.  She is the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award, and the Seán Ó Ríordáin Award, which she won for all four of her Irish poetry collections. 

Ní Dhomhnaill’s work has been translated into more than eight languages, including English, by Seamus Heaney, John Montague and Paul Muldoon, among others. Her poetry features prominently in the Field Day Anthology and The Penguin Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry. She was the second holder of the Ireland Chair of Poetry at Trinity College Dublin, and held chairs as well at University College Dublin and Queen's University Belfast.  She has previously held the Burns Chair of Irish Studies at Boston College, the Humboldt Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University, as well as other distinguished visiting professorships at the Keough-Naughton Institute. 

For the Fall 2016 term, Ní Dhomhnaill is teaching Modern Irish Poetry at Notre Dame.  She is featured in the Institute’s Speakers and Public Talks Series on Friday, November 11, at 4:00 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium. In a talk titled “The Emergence from Land Undersea: A Postcolonial Strategy,” she will present on her mermaid poems.

Link to The Fifty Minute Mermaid

Link to biography and bibliography:  The Poetry Foundation

Link to the RTÉ Radio 1 documentary on Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Mermaids Out of Water: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill agus an Mhuruch