Michael Farry

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I am delighted that my third poetry collection "Troubles" has been published by Revival Press, Limerick, March 2020.
This collection insinuates itself into the events of Ireland of one hundred years ago by a multitude of devices, approaching the participants and incidents in a slant way, by entering the thoughts of some of the participants, especially the losers.

"Troubles, this third collection of poetry by Michael Farry, is a powerful exploration of a significant period in Ireland’s history. With considerable allure, it demonstrates Farry’s skill as an important poet in the modern Irish landscape as well as a first-rate historian of the country’s particular narrative." Carolyne Van Der Meer

"A masterful collection that unflinchingly takes the measure of Ireland's turbulent political history through personal and political lenses while retaining a moving intimacy and assured lyrical technique. Every poetry fan should own and keep this book by their bedside." Anthony J Quinn

"This vivid and timely collection brings a difficult history into presence in all its everyday discomfort and beauty." Rachel Coventry

Michael Farry was born in Coolaney, Co. Sligo in 1947. He attended Rockfield National School and St Nathy's College, Ballaghaderreen. He trained as a primary teacher in St Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra, Dublin 1966-68.

He served as a teacher in the following schools:
1968-70: Skerries BNS, Co. Dublin 1970-78: St Brid's NS, Boardsmill, Trim, Co. Meath
1978-84: Kilmessan NS, Co. Meath, 1984-99: St Michael's NS, Trim, Co. Meath.

From 1999 he was seconded as an ICT Advisor to Navan Education Centre.
He retired from teaching in September 2008.
He is married and has four children. He lives in Trim, Co. Meath.

He obtained a BA in University College Dublin in 1970 in Irish, English and Archaeology and was awarded a PhD in Trinity College, Dublin in 1999 for a thesis on the civil war in Co. Sligo.

He researched the history of his native parish of Killoran, Co. Sligo and published “Killoran and Coolaney – A Local History” in 1985.

He researched the history of the War of Independence in Co. Sligo and published “A Chronicle of Conflict: Sligo 1914-1921” in 1992.

He researched the civil war in Co. Sligo as a doctoral thesis in Trinity College, Dublin 1995-1999. This was published by UCD Press in 2000 as “The Aftermath of Revolution - Sligo 1921-23”.

His book on Sligo 1912-1923 was published by Four Courts Press, Dublin in 2012 as the first volume in The Irish Revolution, 1912-23 series (Mary Ann Lyons & Daithí Ó Corráin, series editors).

He has been writing poetry since 2004 and has had collections published by Doghouse Books and by Revival Press. He has been published in magazines and has won and been shortlisted in a number of poetry competitions. He is a founder member of Boyne Writers Group and of LitLab Writers Group.

He was a founder member of Trim Athletic Club and won a silver and two bronze medals in National Athletics Championships.

His collection of stamps and covers on the theme of Ernest Shackleton was displayed at the Shackleton Autumn School in Athy Heritage Centre in 2005.

He is interested in the music of Bob Dylan and set up but no longer updates a Bob Dylan website.

Contact: michael.farry@gmail.com

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