The poet Thomas Kinsella died at the age of 93 – archyde

The death of the poet Thomas Kinsella is known. He was 93.

Born in Inchicore, Dublin in 1928, he studied science at UCD and originally worked as a civil servant before becoming a full-time academic and writer.

He was Poet in Residence at Illinois University in the USA and later Professor of English at Temple University in Philadelphia.

One of his best known works was the Táin, his translation of the Irish prose epic Táin Bó Cúailnge, illustrated by a series of brush drawings by the artist Louis le Brocquy and published in 1969.

Another important work was Butcher’s Dozen – written in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday.

Kinsella was also known for poetry to generations of Leaving Cert students, including Mirror in February.

The celebrated poet was awarded the Liberty of the City of Dublin in 2007 and has received numerous other awards, including honorary doctorates from UCD and Trinity College.

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‘The Táin’, a translation by Thomas Kinsella 1969

In 2008 he was awarded the UCD Ulysses Medal in recognition of his poetic works.

Dublin Mayor Alison Gilliland expressed her grief over Kinsella’s death.

“His pride in his hometown Dublin shone through his work.” She said the Dublin flags at the Mansion House and City Hall would fly at half mast to mark his death.

Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, also paid tribute.

“One of our greatest poets has died. Kinsella, if I remember, was the only living poet we studied in English class at school. Rest in peace, Thomas Kinsella, ”he tweeted.

Thomas Kinsella had previously died of his beloved wife Eleanor and leaves behind his three children and grandchildren.

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