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‘A revolutionary, a trailblazer and a pathfinder’ – poet Eavan Boland posthumously awarded Irish PEN prize

Martin Devlin


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Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, pictured with the daughters of poet and author, Eavan Boland, Eavan and Sarah after a ceremony in the Museum of Literature Ireland, where Ms Boland was awarded the Irish PEN Award for Irish Literature. Photo: Frank McGrath

Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, pictured with the daughters of poet and author, Eavan Boland, Eavan and Sarah after a ceremony in the Museum of Literature Ireland, where Ms Boland was awarded the Irish PEN Award for Irish Literature. Photo: Frank McGrath

Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, pictured with the daughters of poet and author, Eavan Boland, Eavan and Sarah after a ceremony in the Museum of Literature Ireland, where Ms Boland was awarded the Irish PEN Award for Irish Literature. Photo: Frank McGrath

Former President Mary Robinson shared personal memories of her lifelong friend Eavan Boland at a poignant ceremony yesterday to honour the poet with the Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann award for outstanding contribution to Irish literature.

Mrs Robinson told the audience the pair had met as students at Trinity College in the mid-60s.


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