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Caroline Walsh Papers


Caroline Walsh

UCD Library holds the papers of writer and journalist Caroline Walsh.
Identity Statement

Reference code IE/UCD/SC/ML

Caroline Walsh Papers.

Level of Description

4 boxes.


Caroline Walsh (1952-2011).

Biographical History

  • Caroline Walsh was born on December 1st, 1952, one of three daughters to solicitor William Walsh (-1954) and writer Mary Lavin (1912-1996).
  • She was a student at University College Dublin completing both a BA in English and Art History in 1973, and later an MA in American Literature in 1974.
  • She was a journalist with the Irish Times from 1975 onwards, becoming their Literary Editor in 1999.
  • She was the author of The Homes of Irish Writers and edited three collections of short stories: Modern Irish Short Stories from The Irish Times, Virgins and Hyacinths and Arrows in Flight: Stories from a New Ireland.
  • Caroline was married to novelist and university lecturer, James Ryan.

Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by James Ryan in 2015 with further materials added in 2016.

Scope and Content

This collection contains papers relating to Caroline Walsh’s career as a journalist and writer and is divided into four series as follows:

  • Material related to Walsh’s Literary Landmarks articles for the Irish Times
  • Research notes and drafts regarding her book The Homes of Irish Writers
  • Dissociated material
  • Cassette tapes of interviews with Irish writers
Access and Use

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