The poet Thomas Kinsella has made an exceptional contribution to the local literature of the city of Dublin

The poet Thomas Kinsella was buried during the Christmas holidays. Mr. Kinsella (93), who grew up in Inchicore, an area that is heavily featured in his poetry, died on December 22 at the Blackrock Clinic.

He was named Freeman of Dublin in 2007 when a plaque was erected on his childhood home in Inchicore.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to literature, Thomas (pictured above) was the 75th person to be granted honorary freedom to the City of Dublin in 2007, by then Mayor Vincent Jackson, Councilor of Ballyfermot.

In addition to being recognized for his own poetry, he has been acclaimed for his translations from ancient Irish, notably his version of The Táin, in collaboration with artist Louis le Brocquy.

One of his last public appearances was in 2018, when Trinity College awarded him a doctorate in literature for lifelong work “as one of the foremost Irish poets of the 20th century”.

Dublin Mayor Alison Gilliland paid tribute to Mr Kinsella.

“Like many other Irish people of a certain age, I discovered Thomas Kinsella’s words through the Leaving Cert program and his poems ‘Mirror in February’ and ‘Another September’,” said the mayor.

His pride in his hometown of Dublin shone through his work and, as he said at the City of Dublin’s Honorary Freedom Reception at Dublin City Hall on May 24, 2007, “Dublin gave a lot of important things their first shape and content for me. I learned to look at the world through the rich reality of downtown – a living history, with undertones of Swift and Robert Emmett in my neighborhood as I grew older. ‘ The Dublin flags on Mansion House and Town Hall were half-masted to mark his passing.

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