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Passing of a Poetry Legend

April 28, 2020

Irish literary community laments the death of the poet Eavan Boland

Described by President Higgins as “one of the pre-eminent voices in Irish literature”  Eavan Boland has died from a stroke, aged 75.  Tributes have been pouring in for a woman who was not only a great poet but also a great teacher and encourager of younger Irish writers.  Her passing leaves a huge void in Irish poetry but her work will endure, many of her more famous poems having become touchstones of lyric brilliance in a way similar to those of Seamus Heaney.  In 2017, she was the Lifetime Achievement honouree at the Irish Book Awards and in all our dealings with her at that time she was gracious, generous and a pure delight to deal with.  Her acceptance speech on the night was a model of eloquence and humility and by all accounts she enjoyed her evening enormously. We at the Irish Book Awards extend our sincere condolences to her husband and daughters. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.