Cathal Ó Searcaigh
Cathal Ó Searcaigh is a poet, travel writer, dramatist and novelist from Mín an Leá in County Donegal.
Cathal Ó Searcaigh was born in 1956 and raised in Mín ‘a Lea, near Gort an Choirce, an Irish-speaking district in Co Donegal. His poetry collections include Súile Shuibhne (1983), Suibhne (1987), the bilingual An Bealach ‘na Bhaile/Homecoming (1993), Ag Tnúth Leis an tSolas (1993), Na Buachaillí Bána (1996), and the selected Out in the Open (2000). A selection of English translations of his poetry, By the Hearth at Mín a’ Leá (Arc), appeared in 2005. He continues to live in Mín ‘a Leá.
“If Ó Searcaigh digs deep, he also digs wide. Arabic poetry, the poetry of Li Bai, innumerable references to the Gaelic song tradition, these and other sources are all part of his poetic context.” — Paddy Bushe, Poetry Ireland