The death has been announced of the poet and writer Liam Ó Muirthile. Mr Ó Muirthile was born in Cork City in 1950. His first collection of poetry, Tine Chnámh, written in 1984, received the Irish-American Cultural Institute’s literary award and the Oireachtas prize for poetry.
He also received the Butler Award in 1996 for his novel Ar Bhruach na Laoi, and both the Arts Council Prize and Gradam Chló Iar-Chonnacht for his third collection of poems, Walking Time agus Dánta eile.
In a statement on his death, the Arts Council described the Aosdána member and former Irish Times columnist as a writer of “great diversity and breadth”.