Identity Statement for Denis Devlin

  • Reference code: IE UCDA LA17
  • Title: Papers of Denis Devlin (1908–1959)
  • Dates: 1950
  • Level of description: Item
  • Extent: 19pp
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Biographical History

Denis Devlin was born on April 15, 1908, in Greenock, Scotland, of Irish parents. He was educated at Belvedere College, UCD, Munich University, and the Sorbonne. He entered the diplomatic service in 1935 and served in Italy, New York, Washington, and London, before being appointed minister plenipotentiary to Italy in 1950; accredited also to Turkey 1951; ambassador to Italy 1958. Admired by Beckett, his books are First Poems(1930); Intercessions (1937); Lough Derg and Other Poems (1946), Exile (1949), The Heavenly Foreigner(1950) and his posthumous Selected Poems (New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1963). He also published Memoirs of a Turcoman Diplomat (Rome, 1959). The Complete Poems of Denis Devlin, edited with an introduction by Brian Coffey, was published in the University Review, Dublin, Volume III, number 5. HisCollected Poems, edited by J.C.C. Mays, is published by The Dedalus Press, Dublin. He died in Dublin on 21 August 1959. The Denis Devlin Memorial Award for Poetry is administered by the Arts Council.


Scope and Content

Two copies of the poem ‘The Heavenly Foreigner’ by Denis Devlin, introduced by Niall Sheridan, with annotated revisions by the author.


  • Access: Available by appointment to holders of a UCD Archives reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in original format. Original material will be retrieved at 11am and 2pm only.
  • Language: English