Poet and Rooney Prize winner Gerard Fanning dies

19th October 2017

Poetry Ireland is deeply saddened to hear of the death of poet Gerard Fanning, after an illness. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. 

Gerard Fanning, a poet, retired civil servant and film buff, was born in Dublin in 1952 and grew up in Mount Merrion, Co Dublin. He went to Blackrock College and studied arts at University College Dublin, where he was editor of the St Stephen’s literary magazine.

His poetry collections, published by Dedalus Press, include Easter Snow (1992), Working for the Government (1999), Water & Power (2004; the title is from one of his favourite films, Chinatown) and Hombre: New and Selected Poems (2011), with a preface by Gerald Dawe. He won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Brendan Behan Award for poetry.

Gerard Fanning was a brother of RTÉ broadcaster Dave Fanning and of John Fanning, former managing director and chairman of McConnells Advertising and former Irish Times board member. He is survived by his wife Bríd Ní Chuilinn, sales administrator at publishers’ agent Repforce Ireland.

Read the full Irish Times obituary for Gerard