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Robert Welch

It was with great sadness that we in Poetry Ireland heard of the tragic death of poet, author and scholar, Robert Welch. Robert read occasionally for Poetry Ireland and has been a contributor to Poetry Ireland Review as well as a renowned critic and editor, notably, editing The Oxford Companion to Irish Literature.

Welch published widely and his fifth collection of poetry appeared in 2010 with a short story collection forthcoming. In late 2012 Kicking the Black Mamba: Life, Alcohol and Death, a memoir of his son Egan who drowned in 2007, was published. We would like to express our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

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