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Cathal Ó Searcaigh (Ireland)

Cathal Ó Searcaigh is a poet of international renown whose confident internationalism, according to Theo Dorgan, writing in Irish Poetry Since Kavanagh, has already begun to channel new modes, new possibilities into the writing of Irish language poetry in our time. Selections of Ó Searcaigh's work have already been published in ten languages and he has read his work at arts festivals and literary celebrations throughout the world.

In Ireland he is a well-known television and radio personality and a member of Aosdána. He has received many major awards for his poetry, including the Irish Times Literature Prize and the Seán $#243; Ríardáin Award, and in 2000 the National University of Ireland conferred a Doctorate in Celtic Studies on him in recognition of his unique contribution to Irish language literature.

Cathal Ó Searcaigh's latest publication is Seal i Neipeal (2004), a book about his travels in Nepal where he spends each winter in Kathmandu with his adopted Nepalese son, Prem Timalsina.

In 2000, he donated his house in Donegal, with its rare collection of art, and his archives to the Irish state.

His publishers in Ireland are Cló Iar-Chonnachta (CIC).