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Poetry Ireland

UCD Library Special Collections holds the Poetry Ireland Collection, which includes the personal library of leading Irish poet Austin Clarke.
The Collection
  • Poetry Ireland or Éigse Éireann is an organisation dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting poetry throughout Ireland.
  • Poetry Ireland has transferred to UCD Library, on deposit, a collection of books including the library of Austin Clarke and some books formerly owned by the poets John Jordan and Tanya Touwen.
  • The collection consists of over 5000 volumes, the majority of which were owned by Austin Clarke.
  • Clarke’s personal library contains works of poetry, prose, drama, literary criticism and biography.
  • The collection’s main value is the insight it gives into the author’s interests and influences.
  • Material from this collection formed the basis of and provided the sources for an Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) research project entitled ‘(opens in a new window)Austin Clarke at the Poetry Ireland Library.’
Biographical History
  • Austin Clarke (1896-1974), was a literary journalist, dramatist, novelist and broadcaster.
  • Clarke is best remembered as a leading Irish poet of the 20th century.
  • Clarke’s poetry is distinguished by his novel use of Gaelic rhythms and for its perceptive social commentary.
  • His book collection is a valuable resource in the further study of his poetry and an example of the interests and tastes of Irish literary men of the 20th century.
Access and Use
  • The material in this collection is available by appointment to students, teaching staff, and independent researchers. We also welcome interested members of the public.
  • Please contact us at (opens in a new window)special.collections@ucd.ie for further information. To book an appointment (opens in a new window)click here.
  • Note: Part of the Austin Clarke Collection is on display in cases on Level 2 of the James Joyce Library. If you would like to look at any item from the collection it can be requested from Special Collections.
  • UCD Archives holds the Poetry Ireland papers.
More Information
Find material in the collection:

Find information on Austin Clarke in the (opens in a new window)Dictionary of Irish Biography (UCD only).

Find information on Austin Clarke in the (opens in a new window)Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (UCD only).

UCD Special Collections

James Joyce Library, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7149 | E: special.collections@ucd.ie