Molly Keane Writers Retreat

Thomas McCarthy


West Waterford poet, Thomas McCarthy, whose new book of poetry Pandemonium has just been published by Carcanet Press. He is the author of many collections, including The Sorrow Garden (1981), The Lost Province (1996) and The Last Geraldine Officer (2009).

 ......................In the range of sympathy, varieties of expressiveness and subtlety of evocation, The Last Geraldine Officer is a poetic achievement of the first order. Michael Cronin, POETRY IRELAND REVIEW, 2009

It is eight years since his last collection, Seven Winters in Paris, which makes the publication of his fifth collection of poems an all the more welcome and important event in Irish poetry. McCarthy is part of a generation of Southern poets, born in the mid to late 1950s, who began to publish at much the same time. Like Aidan Mathews(and Paul Durcan), his first collection was hurried into print after winning The Patrick Kavanagh Award when this award was an important benchmark…….Writing superbly of love, sex, fatherhood, the tricks of childhood memory and the ambiguities of the Irish political landscape, McCarthy speaks with an assured, astute quietude, a steady confidence in his role as poet. In The Lost Province he has added a stunning fifth collection of poetry to what was already a body of work to be treasured by anyone interested in Irish literature today. Dermot Bolger, The Sunday Tribune, 1996