Máirín Diamond

Máirín Diamond was born and grew up in Tully, Renvyle, Co. Galway. She was educated at Tully National School and St. Brigid’s Convent of Mercy, Tuam, Co. Galway. Máirín studied Philosophy with Literature at the University of Sussex, England.

Máirín has spent most of her life in Ireland but spent seven years in England; lived for three months in Portugal, India, Madeira, Cyprus and Morocco; and saw ‘The Wonders of the World’ on a long cruise round the world. Currently, she lives with her husband, John, in Dublin. She did full-time, part-time and temporary administrative work in Ireland and Britain, and worked in RTE and the Royal Dublin Society for three years.

Máirín started writing poems when at seventeen years old and has written hundreds of poems. Apart from writing short to medium poems, she has been writing a poetic epic for over two decades. This work-in-progress is a narrative poem, which was inspired by the well-known Irish legend: The Fate of the Children of Lir. The voices in the poem tell the tales of Ireland’s culture, spirituality, religion, history and Celtic mythology.

Many of Máirín’s poems celebrate nature, people and place. The poems try to record and preserve Irish culture and tradition, which are sadly under threat.