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John McGrath

John McGrath is a poet, writer and publisher who lives in North Kerry with his wife Kate. He is a founder-member of the Seanchaí Writers’ Group in Listowel and was a member of the Listowel Writers’ Week committee for 15 years. He is co-founder and current Chairperson of The Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival. His first poetry collection, Blue Sky Day, was published by Moybella Press in 2007. His second, Closing the Circle, was published in 2015. John’s work has previously been included in The Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine, Still in The Dreaming, The Malpais Review Santa Fe, and elsewhere. Also online in The First Cut. His latest collection, After Closing, appeared in November 2021.

Selected poetry from his many compositions also appear in this International Art and Literary eZine "Pencil Stubs Online," where one poem "Cullatinny" in the July 2023 issue shows a photo of the long-abandoned home there. The author stated, "Cullatinny is one of my oldest poems, written well over 30 years ago! Here’s a picture – my birthplace and one of the last houses in the village to be closed up."


Type Month Year Title
Poem March 2023 Two Bridgets
Poem July 2023 Cullatinny
Poem July 2023 Connemara Rain
Poem July 2023 December Wind
Poem July 2023 Driver
Poem August 2023 From Mayo to Montrose – Closing the Circle
Poem August 2023 Dark Earth
Poem September 2023 Foley’s Field
Poem September 2023 Covid Sonnet
Poem October 2023 Cremations
Poem October 2023 In Ballyegan Bog
Poem October 2023 Phyllotaxis
Poem November 2023 Crabs at Carrigafoyle
Poem November 2023 Ode to Age
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