Dermot Healy


Writer Dermot Healy

Dermot Healy was born in 1947 in Finea, Co Westmeath but grew up in Cavan town where his mother owned the Milseanacht Bhreifne café on Main St. Healy is one of Ireland’s foremost writers and has won the Hennessy award in 1974 and 1976. He was shortlisted for the Poetry Now award for his poetry collection ‘a Fool’s Errand’ in 2011. He was editor of Drumlin magazine which was published from 1978 until 1980. The idea to publish a magazine covering short stories, poetry, photographs, and historical events from counties Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan was first voiced by Phil Lawlor who in turn edited the magazine from 1990 until 1997. Drumlin magazine was well received and gave an opportunity to published and unpublished writers at a time when it was difficult for new writing to get published.

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Banished Misfortune 1984
Fighting with Shadows 1984
A Goat’s Song 1994
Sudden Times 1999
Long Time, No See 2011



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The Bend for Home 1996



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Here and There and Going to America 1985
The Long Swim 1988
Curtains 1990
On Broken Wings 1992
Last Nights of Fun 1994
Boxes 1998
Mister Staines 1999
Metagama 2005


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