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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 ‘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 collections can be consulted by the students and staff of UCD, and by external users, in the Special Collections Reading Room.
  • 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:
  • Use The Library Catalogue  to key in Austin Clarke
  • When you get a results screen select Special Collections from Location option in the left panel

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

Find information on Austin Clarke in the 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