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The latest issue of Saothar the Irish Labour History journal contains a review by Andrew G. Newby of my Sligo 1912-1923 Four Courts book: "Anyone familiar with Michael Farry’s existing work on Sligo will understand that no better person could have been chosen to produce this volume, one of the first fruits of Four Courts’ ambitious Irish Revolution series. Farry takes the opportunity to weave a concise and lucid narrative using an impressive variety of sources, and expose the complex fault lines that existed within a relatively small county."

I have a chapter on the Sligo experience of the Irish Revolution in Cork University Press's forthcoming Atlas of the Irish Revolution, edited by John Crowley, Donal O Drisceoil and Mike Murphy.

My poem, Brain Scan, won first prize in the WOW Poetry Awards 2016, in Galway.

My article, Charles O'Hara and 1916, is published in The Sligo Rising, a supplement to the Sligo Champion, 8 March 2016.

My poem, Researching Louisa O'Flynn nee Stockdale won first prize in the Goldsmith Poetry Competition 2016.

I gave a talk on Sligo 1916 at Tubbercurry Old Fair Day 2016 on Wednesday 10 August.

My poem, James Gormley, is published in the Corran Herald, Ballymote, 2016.

Poetry pamphlet, Under Surveillance, highly commended in the Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition.

Poem, Escape at Easter, won first prize in the Robert Monteith Poetry Competition.  


An ongoing look at poems published in Sligo local newspapers 1912 - 1923. The project has so far kept time with the centenary - the 1915 material has recently been added. This fascinating project lists the poems published, gives information about the authors, especially the local ones, and discussed the general background, local and national, of the time.

Sligo: The Irish Revolution 1912-1923  by Michael Farry was published by Four Courts Press, Dublin at the end of 2012. It is available in hardback and paperback editions.

This is the first in a series of county histories of this period edited by Mary Ann Lyons, professor of history, NUIM and Daithí Ó Corráin, lecturer in history at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, DCU.

Full details and purchasing options on the publisher's website.

Michael Farry's study is admirably sourced, a balanced and sober assessment of revolutionary politics and violence in his native county, Barry McLoughlin, Books Ireland (2013).

Michael Farry's first collection of poetry, Asking for Directions, was published in May 2012 by Doghouse Books, Tralee.

This is a collection of precise language, never excitable but drenched in images that allow you to see the places and people of these stories, often quirky and sharp. There is humour in poems such as ‘British Museum’ and ‘Convoy Driving Eastward, and exasperation in ‘At the V & A’. A world well-observed. Nicola Griffin, Skylight 47 (2013)

To purchase a copy of Asking for Directions use the PayPal button on his blog.

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 a collection published by Doghouse Books. 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.

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 history of the Vikings in Ireland and set up but no longer maintains a Viking Network Ireland website.

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

Contact: mfarry47@eircom.net

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