11 May 2011: Arts Council expresses its regret at the passing of Patrick Galvin


The Arts Council has expressed its regret at the passing of poet, playwright, songwriter and Aosdana member Patrick Galvin.           
Speaking about the loss,Sarah Bannan, Head of Literature at  the Arts Council said, "The Council is saddened at the passing of Patrick Galvin, His writing displayed tremendous sensitivity and empathy, earning him loyal readers across the world. His death is a great loss to Irish literature."

Born in Cork in 1927, he went overseas in 1943 to serve with the RAF during World War II. He lived in London until 1974, when he returned to Ireland. His poetry collections included Heart of Grace (1957), Christ in London (1960), The Woodburners (1973), Man on the Porch (1980), Folktales for the General(1990) and The Death of Art O'Leary (1992). His New and Selected Poems were published by Cork University Press in 1996. His plays include And Him Stretched, Cry the Believers, Nightfall to Belfast, The Last Burning, We Do It for Love, The Devil's Own People and My Silver Bird. He had written seven plays for radio and had recorded seven albums of Irish ballads. His three volumes of autobiography - Song for a Poor Boy: A Cork Childhood (1990), Song for a Raggy Boy (1991), and Song for a Fly Boy (2002) - were published together in one volume in 2002. His screen adaptation of Song for a Raggy Boy was released for cinema in 2003. 

He was awarded a Leverhume Fellowship as resident dramatist at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast from 1974 to 1978, and was resident writer with East Midlands (1980-82), Dun Laoghaire (1996), Portlaoise (1997), University College Cork (1998) and Kerry County Council (2002). He received the Irish-American Cultural Institute's O'Shaughnessy Award for poetry in 1995. He co-founded the Poetry Now Festival and the Munster Literature Centre. He was a member of Aosdána.


Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.
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Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.

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