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Council honours Belfast anti-war poet Padraic Fiacc

A Belfast poet considered one of Ireland’s greatest living wordsmiths is being honoured at a Belfast City Council reception.

Padraic Fiacc, from the Markets area, remained on the margins of the art scene in Northern Ireland, mainly due to his anti-war poetry during the Troubles, leading to his absence from most literary accounts of the city.

Michael McKernon, of local cultural group Multimedia Heritage, said: “During the recent conflict his war poems were viewed with controversy and much denigration.

“He was a lone voice outside the pale of literary establishment that in some quarters viewed much of his work with distaste and suspicion. However he did not baulk at confronting our unfolding history, writing poems that have mirrored the modern evolution of Belfast and the conflict like no other poet.”

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