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President leads tributes after 'extraordinary' Boland dies


Eavan Boland died yesterday

Eavan Boland died yesterday

Eavan Boland died yesterday

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to poet Eavan Boland who died suddenly at her Dublin home yesterday after suffering a stroke. She was 75.

She was regarded as one of the most iconic female voices in Irish literature.

The President and his wife Sabina offered their condolences to the writer's husband Kevin, "their daughters and the members of her extended family, her colleagues in poetry and her wide circle of friends".

"With the passing of Eavan Boland, Ireland has lost not only an internationally acclaimed poet, distinguished academic and author, but one of the most insightful inner sources of Irish life, not only in life as expressed but as sensed and experienced," he wrote.

"It was her particular gift to reveal the beauty in the ordinary. Over the years, through her poetry, critical work and teaching she displayed an extraordinary ability to invoke Irish landscapes, myth and everyday experience.

"She became one of the pre-eminent voices in Irish literature, noted for the high standard she sought and achieved.

"The revealing of a hidden Ireland, what was suffered, neglected, evaded, given insufficient credit, is a part of her achievement."


Regarded as one of the most iconic female voices in Irish literature, Boland published her first volume, 23 Poems, in 1962 when she was still a Trinity College student.

She had an illustrious career as a poet, editor and lecturer and was a professor of English at the prestigious Stanford University near San Francisco, where she was also the head of its creative writing programme.

Boland divided her time living in the US and Ireland in recent years.

She was awarded the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Book Awards in 2017 where she was honoured for her "art, her eloquence and her stalwart advocacy for poetry", joining the ranks of fellow recipients including Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.