Louis de Paor
Born in Cork in 1961, Louis de Paor has been involved with the contemporary rennaissance of poetry in Irish since 1980, when he was first published in the poetry journal Innti (which he subsequently edited). A four-time winner of the Seán Ó Ríordáin/Oireachtas Award, the premier award for a new collection of poems in Irish, he lived in Australia from 1987 to 1996. His first bilingual collection, Aimsir Bhreicneach/Freckled Weather was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Award for Literary Translation. He was also granted a Writer's Fellowship by the Australia Council in 1995. He is the recipient of the 2000 Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award, the first poet in Irish to achieve that distinction. His most recent collection, agus rud eile de (Coiscéim, 2002), was awarded the Oireachtas Prize for the best collection of poems in Irish in 2003.