Michael Farry

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I was delighted that two of my poems have won recent poetry competitions. Level Crossing, won first prize in the Bray Poetry Competition 2019 and The Burma Road Blues was the overall winner of the Hanna Greally Awards at the Siarscéal Festival, Roscommon. Both poems look back to a childhood spent alongside the now disused Colloonel - Claremorris railway line.

My poem Lecture Near the Ambush Site was awarded third prize by judge, Grace Wells, in the Waterford Poetry Competition and I attended the presentation during the Waterford Writers Weekend. Thanks to all involved.

I recently attended the launch of issue 12 of Skylight 47 in Galway and my poem, Terminus, which was included. It was a most enjoyable event, a large audience, lots of great readings and tea, coffee and cakes. The issue also included a supplement with space for unpublished writers, individuals or writing groups based in Galway City or County.

You can buy the issue on the Skylight 47 site here.


I gave a talk on South Sligo 1919 as part of the annual Ballymote Heritage Week-end on Monday 5 August 2019. A full house seemed to enjoy the presentation and many of those in the audience were related to activists and participants I mentioned.

This list of contributions to the Dáil Loan published in the Sligo Champion in 1919 before the loan was declared illegal caused an amount of interest.

This was the 30th such weekend organized by the Ballymote Heritage Group and was as successful as all the others.


A look at poems published in Sligo local newspapers 1912 - 1915. 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.

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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