Friday 24 May 2019

Irish writer Dermot Healy has died aged 66

Dermot Healy
Dermot Healy

Novelist, playwright and poet Dermot Healy has died aged 66.

His books include Banished Misfortune (stories), The Bend for Home (memoir), Fighting with Shadows, and Long Time, No See. which was selected for the International IMPAC Literary Award by libraries in Russia and Norway.

He has also written and directed plays including The Long Swim, On Broken Wings and Mister Staines.

Mr Healy won the Hennessy Award (1974 and 1976), the Tom Gallon Award (1983), and the Encore Award (1995). In 2011, he was shortlisted for the Poetry Now Award for his 2010 poetry collection, A Fool’s Errand.

Born in Finea, Co Westmeath, Mr Healy spent his childhood in Cavan before moving to London and back to Ireland, to Sligo.

Author Roddy Doyle described him as "Ireland's greatest writer" whilst Seamus Heaney said, "I think of Dermot Healy as the heir to Patrick Kavanagh".

Mr Healy is survived by his wife Helen and two children.

Irish Independent

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