Thomas Kinsella

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  • Derval Tubridy (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Thomas Kinsella was born on 4th May 1928 in Inchicore, Dublin, the eldest child of John Kinsella and Agnes Casserly. Schooled through Irish at the Model School, Inchicore, and the O'Connells Schools, Kinsella entered University College Dublin on scholarship to study science. He subsequently took a position in the Civil Service, continuing his studies (now in languages) part-time. Living in Baggot Street, Kinsella met the composer Seán Ó Riada and publisher Liam Miller, and was active in the intellectual milieu of 1950s Dublin.

Kinsella began publishing poetry in the UCD magazine, the National Student, and in Poetry Ireland. His first collection, Poems (1956), came out with Miller's Dolmen Press, followed b…

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Tubridy, Derval. "Thomas Kinsella". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002
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