Doireann Ní Ghríofa

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Doireann Ní Ghríofa is an Irish poet who writes in both Irish and English.


She was born in Galway in 1981, but grew up in County Clare. She now lives in Cork. She holds an M.A. in Modern Irish Literature (UCC).[1]

Ní Ghríofa has published widely in literary magazines in Ireland and abroad, such as Poetry, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Prairie Schooner, The Stinging Fly, Southword and Feasta.[2] In 2012, her poem "Fáinleoga" won the Wigtown Award for poetry written in Gaelic (Scotland).[3]

She has received two literature bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland (2011 and 2013).[4]

Ní Ghríofa was selected for the prestigious Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Award 2014 - 2015.[5]

In 2016, her book 'Clasp' was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award, the national poetry prize of Ireland[6] and was awarded the Michael Hartnett Award.[7]


Poetry collections

Critical Response

Of Ní Ghríofa's book Clasp, Maya Catherine Popa in Poetry wrote: "The poems excel in their consideration of motherhood, particularly its paradoxical losses and gains, separation and unity… In Ní Ghríofa’s English debut, what seem to be long-considered obsessions are explored with tenderness and unflinching curiosity. The collection’s section titles, “Clasp,” “Cleave,” “Clench,” suggest the muscularity of attachment to the past, place, and the body that drives the poetic impulse." [9]

According to Clíona Ní Riordáin of Southword Journal, "The woman’s body is central to the collection, highlighted, visible, unconquered. Forgotten bones are reclaimed, gendered territory is staked out; it is clear that Ní Ghríofa’s has a voice which will not be silenced… In Clasp Ní Ghríofa has signalled that she is a poetic force to be reckoned with” [10]