Irish writers and poets

Irish literature; writers and poets; literary websites and databases in Ireland


Author and poet directories

Authors. And Irish authors website index. 

Wikipedia entries on Irish writers.

Blogs *

Julian Gough’s website

Irish Writers’ Centre
Celebrating contemporary Irish literature and Irish writers.

The Book of Kells

CELT Corpus of Electronic Texts
An online resource for Irish history, literature and politics.

Poetry and Miscellaneous Yap… an Irish Poet’s Blog
Poems and general conversation from Irish poet Michael O’Dea, born in Roscommon, living in Dublin, sometimes Donegal. Here are thoughts on literature, Ireland, Irish politics, nature, mythology, archaeology, tourism, art, love and war, and most of what’s in between.


Fairies, a guide to Irish fairies.


Irish folklore, mythology, drama and literature. Irish hstory, Irish mythological heroes.

The Irish Playography Database
The Irish Theatre Institute

Irish Literary Resources.
Modern and ancient Irish literature. The Celtic Corpus of Electronic Texts.(CELT).

Irish Writers Centre. New writing in Ireland.

Irish Writers Online. A directory of Irish writers. By Philip Casey. 


Library Ireland: Rare, out-of-print Irish publications online.


Memorable Quotations by Irish writers, compiled and edited by Carol Dingle.

Mythology *

Mythology, Folklore and Drama. Irish language, history and drama.

Celtic Mythology Wikipedia entry.

Encyclopedia Mythica: Celtic Mythology

The Encyclopaedia of the Celts

The Ulster Cycle

The Ulaid Cycle

The Cattle Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cuailnge)

The Second Battle of Mag Tuired

Táin Bó Cuailnge – The Cattle Raid of Cooley

Animal Symbolism in Celtic Mythology


Children of Danu

The Book of Invasions

The Coming of the Milesians

The Battle at Tailltin


Poetry *

Poetry in Ireland
Wikipedia entry.

Poets, A list of Irish poets.
Wikipedia entries.

Poetry (Ireland)
Articles and poems on and by contemporary Irish poets.


Salmom Poetry. Publishers of Irish poets and poetry.

Wikipedia entries on Irish writ

Famous Irish authors and poets *

Banville, Banville

Benjamin Black (John Banville’s pen name)

John Banville. Wikipedia entry.

John Banville
A bibliography of John Banville’s books, with the latest releases, covers, descriptions and availability.

Beckett, Samuel

Samuel Beckett Wikipedia entry.

Samuel Beckett On-Line Resources and Links Pages

Website of John Minihan, Beckett’s official photographer.

Samuel Beckett. The Nobel Prize Archive

Behan, Brendan

Brendan Behan. Wikipedia entry.

Donleavy (James Patrick)

J. P. Donleavy. Wikipedia entry.

J. P. Donleavy. Paris Rview interview.

The J. P. Donleavy Compendium
The online reference for all things J.P. Donleavy: books, plays, art, video, audio, biographical information and related miscellany, sans spam, logins, animated ads and other such annoyances of eejits.

Works by or about J. P. Donleavy. World Catalogue

Heaney, Seamus

Seamus Heaney. From the Poetry Archive.

Seamus Heaney. Nobel Prize Internet Archive

Seamus Heaney Wikipedia entry.

Audio discussion of some of Seamus Heaney’s major poems.

Joyce, James

Joyce, James. James Joyce Centre, Dublin
The Centre is dedicated to promoting an understanding of the life and works of James Joyce and aims to provide a unique, personal view of the man, his work and his minutely observed origins.

Music in the Work of James Joyce

Dublin Tour Guide from Visit Dublin.

The Rosenbach Museum and Library, home of the Ulysses manuscript.

Essay from The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. Life and Works, Technique and Vision, Bibliography

James Joyce etexts. The Dubliners, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake.

Zurich James Joyce Foundation

Audio tour of James Joyce in Ireland by historian Ruth Illingworth.

Works by James Joyce. Etexts

The James Joyce Checklist: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Materials

The James Joyce Quarterly

Wikipedia entry on James Joyce.

Kavanagh, Patrick

Patrick Kavanagh
Poems from Poem

Patrick Kavanagh
A site dedicated to the works of Patrick Kavanagh. The site also makes his uncollected poetry available to readers and students. It is maintained by the Trustees of the estate of his widow Katherine Kavanagh.

Patrick Kavanagh poems.
The Poetry Archive

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre
The Patrick Kavanagh Web site is dedicated to the Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. This site provides information on the poet, his birth place of Inniskeen Co. Monaghan, the area today, the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, and there is an online book shop where you can buy Patrick Kavanagh’s poetry and prose.

Patrick Kavanagh. Wikipedia entry.

Mahon, Derek

Derek Mahon Wikipedia entry.

Derek Mahon. Poems and articles at The Poetry Foundation.

Derek Mahon. Guardian articles.

Muldoon, Paul

Complete Review Paul Muldoon page.

Morrissey, Sinéad

Sinéad Morrissey, Wikipedia entry.

Sinead Morrissey. A page on The British Council website.

Sinead Morrissey. Guardian article.

O’Brien, Edna

Edna O’Brien, an introduction.

Edna O’Brien. Paris Review interview.

Edna O’Brien. Guardian articles.

O’Donohue, John

John O’Donohue. Wikipedia entry.

The John O’Donohue Website

Quotes by John O’Donohue

Swift, Jonathon

Jonathon Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.

Synge, John Millington

Works by John Millington Synge at Project Gutenberg.

John Millington Synge, Wikipedia entry.

Tóibín, Colm

Colm Toibin Wikipedia entry

Wilde, Oscar

Oscar Wilde Homepage

Oscar Wilde etexts.

Oscar Wilde. VictoriaWeb. Overview and introduction.

Oscar Wilde, Wikipedia entry.

The Oscar Wilde Society (UK)

Yeats, William Butler

A searchable database of Yeats poems.

Yeats. The Life and Works of Yeats
A major online exhibition from The National Library of Ireland

The Yeats Society of New York

The William Butler Yeats Collection at

The Sligo Yeats Society
A non-profit voluntary society established in 1958. It has sought to service the needs of those interested in Yeats and to promote the association of the Sligo region with the poet’s work.

W. B. Yeats Nobel Prize Archive

W. B. Yeats Wikipedia entry.

W. B. Yeats. Academy of American Poets