A Farewell to Poetry – Revised Edition

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“A triumph of enormous range and attraction…a great book” – Bernard O’Donoghue

“[A] wonderfully rich collection… a magnificent achievement, memorable and deeply humane” – Gyozo Ferencz

“Fitzmaurice’s signature rhymes are clear and true…[He] expresses grief, joy, faith and doubt, his poems proof that the universal shows itself most clearly in… concentrated particularities” – Martina Evans, The Irish Times

“[Fitzmaurice] is one of the few poets left who see the universal (as Kavanagh did) in the local” – Fred Johnston, Books Ireland

“[There] is great comfort to be found in Gabriel Fitzmaurice’s A Farewell to Poetry where a fine selection of his work remains and will endure” – Enda Wiley, Poetry Ireland Review



Gabriel Fitzmaurice was born, in 1952, in the village of Moyvane, Co. Kerry where he still lives. For over thirty years he taught in the local primary school from which he retired as principal in 2007. He is author of more than sixty books, including collections of poetry in English and Irish as well as several collections of verse for children. He has translated extensively from the Irish and has edited a number of anthologies of poetry in English and Irish. He has published two volumes of essays and collections of songs and ballads. Poems of his have been set to music and recorded by Brian Kennedy and performed by the RTÉ Cór na nÓg with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Recipient of the Listowel Writers’ Week John B. Keane Lifetime Achievement award, he is an honorary member of the Szechenyi Academy of Letters and Arts in Hungary. He frequently broadcasts on radio and television on culture and the arts.


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