2018 Alumni Achievement Awards

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin - 2018 Awardee

30 Nov 2018
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin – BA 1962

Professor Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is a poet and translator from Irish, Italian and Romanian.  Born 1942 in Cork, she is an Emeritus Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, and currently Ireland Professor of Poetry (2016-2019).

She has published and edited academic articles and books on the literature of the English Renaissance, on translation, and on Irish writing in both Irish and English.  With three colleagues including her husband Macdara Woods, who died this year, she founded the Irish poetry journal Cyphers in 1975, and still edits it. 

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin has published eight collections of poetry over 42 years. Her Selected Poems appeared in 2008 from Faber and Gallery Press. The Sun-Fish was awarded the Canadian Griffin International Prize for poetry in 2010. The Boys of Bluehill was published in 2015 by Gallery Press and Wake Forest University Press. 

She has translated poetry from several languages, in particular The Water Horse from the Irish of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, with Medbh McGuckian, and After the Raising of Lazarus and Legend of the walled-up wife from the Romanian of Ileana Mălăncioiu. She recently completed a translation into Irish of a selection of poems by the Sardinian poet Antonella Anedda.

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