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Editor's Viewpoint: Poet Padraic finally given the esteem he deserved

Padraic Fiacc
Padraic Fiacc

Editor's Viewpoint

Padraic Fiacc was for too long a poet without honour in his native Northern Ireland where his uncompromising writings on the Troubles led to barbed criticism from some contemporaries.

The break-up of his marriage and the murder of a young friend caused a melt down, yet he was to come through that turbulent time and recaptured much of the esteem which accompanied his early work.

Forced to emigrate to New York's Hells Kitchen in his youth, he studied for a while to be a priest before finding his true vocation back home and on his deathbed earning high praise from Irish President and fellow poet Michael D Higgins.

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