Dermot Healy

(1947 - 2014 / Finnea, County Westmeath)

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Dermot Healy (18 July 1947 - 29 June 2014) was an Irish novelist, playwright, poet and short story writer. A member of Aosdána, Healy was also part of its governing body, the Toscaireacht. Born in Finnea, County Westmeath, he lived in County Sligo, and was described variously as a "master", a "Celtic Hemingway" and as "Ireland's finest living novelist".

Often overlooked outside of Ireland due to his relatively low public profile, Healy's work is admired by his Irish literary predecessors, peers and successors alike, many of whom idolise him—among the writers to have spoken highly of him are Seamus Heaney, Eugene McCabe, Roddy Doyle, Patrick McCabe and... more »

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The No-Tree

Sometimes the moon

gets caught in the high branches

of the No-tree,

and you have to shake

and shake the No-tree

to set it free.

Even this may never be enough.

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