Michael Farry

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

"Written by the leading historians, geographers and literary scholars of the Irish revolutionary period, this work, with its authoritative texts, superb photographs, informative maps and its reproduction of key documents, promises to be the outstanding publication of the ‘decade of commemorations'."

To see some sample pages from the publication go to this page.

Irish Times review by Diarmaid Ferriter.

My second poetry collection, The Age of Glass, was published by Revival Press, Limerick, Ireland in June 2017. The design and cover image is by Lotte Bender. The collection contains a total of 63 poems grouped in five sections, the last being "Gerontology". The collection was launched in the Castle Arch Hotel, Trim by Nessa O'Mahony, poet and teacher.

My poem, Welcome to Ledwidge Country, published in Boyne Berries 22.
My poem, Kintsugi, published in anthology, Poems to Keep, The 1000 Monkeys, Guilford, UK.
My poem, The Beach, published in online journal, Ink, Sweat and Tears.
My poem, Waiting for the Train, published in Skylight 47, issue 8.
My poem, Paris, published in Orbis 179 (UK)
My poem, Morning Mass in Galway, published in Crannóg 44.
My poem, A Blackfriary Burial, published in Flare 2.

My poem, Vertigo at Killadoon, longlisted in the Dermot Healy Poetry Competition 2017.

My poems, Primary School Sixth Class June 1961, won first prize in the
North West Words Poetry Prize 2017.

My poems, Morning Mass in Galway, was published in Crannóg 44, Phone Call and We Are All Refugees, were published in Acumen 86 (UK), A Blackfriary Burial, was published in Flare 2, My Car and Travelling to the United Kingdom 21 April 2016, published in erbacce 48 (UK).


An ongoing 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's second poetry collection, The Age of Glass, was published by Revival Press, Limerick, Ireland in June 2017. The design and cover image is by Lotte Bender.

Michael Farry is, to use his own phrase, a poet who weaves ‘a web of mystery and belonging based on rough landmarks’. . . his gaze ranges far beyond the parochial; compassion, be it for refugees or the homeless, is a hallmark of his work. . . But he is also a poet of the domestic, and the tenderest poems celebrate family and the joys of grandparenting. The Age of Glass is a work of maturity and of wisdom.  Nessa O’Mahony

A self-professed amateur archeologist - the poet as digger - Michael Farry takes a forensic look at life’s abundance, and never better than when he faces up to his own mortality; physical, then, with a dash of the metaphysical, these poems will give you pause for thought, and leave you the stronger for it!  Iggy McGovern

Revival Press is a community publishing press and is the poetry imprint of The Limerick Writers' Centre. It was founded by managing editor Dominic Taylor in 2007. It has published over thirty poetry titles to date plus three anthologies. Revival has helped establish a number of local and national poets by publishing their first collections.

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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