D Day

Pol O Muiri

About the book…

Pol O Muiri’s poetry is a marriage of fresh lyricism with subtle observation. 

Unusual in their eschewing of bombast and pretence, these poems achieve much with a satisfying economy: the fine observation of the verse reaches from the smallest of personal effects to the subdued tragedies of war without strain or break. 

The first part of this collection, ‘An Ulster Genealogy’, contains poems which fix O Muiri firmly in the brisk and bracing family-tradition of the northern Irish vernacular. 

In the second part, the sequence ‘D-Day’, he opens that imaginative territory to the larger experiences of love, death and war, returning something of human dignity to the anonymity of conflict with gentle yet insistent acts of recognition.

Photo of the author, Pol O Muiri

About the author…

Pol O Muiri was born in Belfast in 1965 and educated at Saint Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammer School and Queen's University, Belfast, where he was awarded a BA (Hons) in Celtic Studies and Scholastic Philosophy and a PhD in Celtic Studies. In 1991, he was given the Sam Hanna Bell Fellowship in Literature from the Cultural Traditions Group.

O Muiri primarily writes in the medium of the Irish language but has also written poetry, short fiction and literary biography in English. As a poet, he has produced two volumes in English: D-Day (1995) and Cold War (2009). His novella Milltown appeared in 2007. He has also penned a biography of the Donegal Irish language writer Seosamh Mac Grianna, A Flight from Shadow: The Life & Works of Seosamh Mac Grianna. (1999). This was later issued in Irish: Seosamh Mac Grianna: Míreanna Saoil (20070>

In Irish he has produced several collections of poetry including: Faoi Scáil na Ríona (1991), Dinnseanchas (1992), Ginealach Ultach (1993), Siosafas: Gearrscéalta (1995), Abhar Filíochta (1995), Is Mise Ísmeáél (2000), Na Móinteacha (2004).

He has written also written a novel and a collection of short stories in Irish: Dlithe an Nádúir (2001, winner of Oireachtas na Gaeilge literary award) and Snagcheol (2002).

He has also written novels for adult learners of Irish and has had several plays broadcast on RTE radio.

A journalist by profession, he is currently Irish language editor of the Irish Times.