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Robert Greacen

Robert Greacen
Born Robert Greacen
(1920-10-24)24 October 1920
Derry, Ireland
Died 13 April 2008(2008-04-13) (aged 87)
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Education Methodist College Belfast, Trinity College Dublin
Occupation Poet
Years active 1941–2008
Home town Dublin
Spouse(s) Patricia Hutchins

Robert Greacen (24 October 1920 – 13 April 2008) was an Irish poet and member of Aosdána. Born in Derry, Ireland, on 24 October 1920, he was educated at Methodist College Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. He died on 13 April 2008 in Dublin, Ireland.


  • Publications 1
  • Family 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


His published poetry collections include The Bird (1941), Northern Harvest (Belfast, Derrick MacCord, 1944), One Recent Evening (1944), The Undying Day (London, The Falcon Press, 1948), A Garland for Captain Fox (Dublin, The Gallery Press, 1975), I, Brother Stephen (Dublin, St. Beuno’s, 1978), Young Mr Gibbon (1979), A Bright Mask, (Dublin, The Dedalus Press, 1985), Protestant Without a Horse (Belfast, The Lagan Press, 1997), Carnival at The River (Dublin; Dedalus;, 1990); Collected Poems (Lagan Press, 1995), Lunch at the Ivy (Lagan Press, 2002), and Selected & New Poems (ed. by Jack W. Weaver, Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Publishing, 2006).

Robert Greacen: Collected Poems 1944-1994, won the Irish Times Award for Literature in 1995.

His autobiography, Even Without Irene, was published by the Dolmen Press in 1969 and re-issued in 1995 by Lagan Press. An expanded autobiography, The Sash My Father Wore, was published in Edinburgh by Mainstream Publishing in 1997.


He was married to the late Patricia Hutchins, author of Ezra Pound's Kensington and James Joyce's Dublin. They had one daughter, Arethusa, who, like her father, resides in the Republic of Ireland.


  • Irish Writers Online
  • The Times: Robert Greacen Poet who at the request of T. S. Eliot compiled The Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry
  • Guardian Obituary [1]

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