The Ireland Chair of Poetry

Previous Professors


John Montague / Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill / Paul Durcan / Michael Longley
/ Harry Clifton

Professor Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill - View page in irish


Born in Lancashire in 1952 to Irish parents, she was brought up in the Dingle Gaeltacht and in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, and was educated at University College Cork. Her collections of poetry include An Dealg Droighin (1981), Féar Suaithinseach (1984), Rogha Dánta/Selected Poems (1986, 1988, 1990), Pharaoh's Daughter (1990), Feis (1991), The Astrakhan Cloak (1992), Spíonáin is Róiseanna (1993), In the Heart of Europe: Poems for Bosnia (1998) and Cead Aighnis (2000). The Water Horse appeared with translations by Medbh McGuckian and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin in 1999, and her work has also frequently been translated by the poets Michael Hartnett, Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon and Michael Longley. In 1995, she edited Jumping off Shadows: Selected Contemporary Irish Poets with Greg Delanty, and she has written several children's plays.


In 1981 Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill became a member of Aosdána. She received Duais Sheáin Uí Ríordáin in 1982, 1984, 1990, Duais Na Chomhairle Ealaíne um Filíochta in 1985 and 1988, Gradam an Oirechtais (1984), the Irish American Foundation O' Shaughnessy Award for Poetry (1988), the American Ireland Fund Literature Prize (1991) and was Writer in Residence for Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in 1998. She taught at New York University, Boston College and Villanova University and was the second Professor of Poetry, 2001-2004.


Selected Poems

Gan do Chuid Éadaigh (Nude) View

An Crann (As for the Quince)View

Tusa (You Are) View


"An Crann", "Quince", "Gan do Chuid Éadaigh" and "Nude" from Pharaoh’s Daughter by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, translations by Paul Muldoon and published by The Gallery Press, 1990. "Tusa" and "You Are" from The Water Horse by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, translations by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and published by The Gallery Press, 1999. Used by permission of The Gallery Press