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Michael Coady

Poet, Historian

Michael Coady (born 1939) is an Irish poet and short story writer a local historian, a photographer, a genealogist, a journalist, and a trombone player, born in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland, where he now resides.

He was educated at University College Dublin and University College Cork. He is a former Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University. His poetry and short stories have been included in many anthologies. Bursaries from the Arts Council have enabled him to travel in the USA and Newfoundland.and he has held a residency in the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris. He is a member of Aosdána.His awards include The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 1979, the Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award in 2004 and the Francis MacManus prize for short stories in 1987 and 1993.

His work is noted for its celebration of place, particularly his home town and the people who live there. It has also been praised for its compassion and for its successful fusion of literary language with the reported demotic of his community. Coady has mined poetic gold from the small, intimate, urban community (surrounded by rural countryside) to which he belongs. His literary strategy follows that of Patrick Kavanagh in celebrating the local and parochial.

Poetry books
Two for a Woman , Three for a Man (Gallery Press, 1980)
Oven Lane (Gallery Press, 1987)
All Souls (Gallery Press, 1998)
One Another (Gallery Press, 2003)

Non Fiction
The Well of Spring Water (memoir of the Clare musicians Pakie and Micho Russel)