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Poetry Ireland Day - Michael J. Whelan

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Ballyroan Library

Orchardstown Avenue

D14 VY33 Dublin 14

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Join us for an evening of poetry with poet Michael Whelan in celebration of Poetry Ireland day.


Michael J. Whelan is an award winning poet, writer and historian from Dublin. He was 2nd Place Winner in the Patrick Kavanagh International Poetry Awards 2011, and 3rd Place Winner in the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards 2012 and was selected as a reader at the Eigse Eireann/Poetry Ireland Introductions 2012.

His books ‘The Battle of Jadotville: Irish Soldiers in Combat in the Congo, 1961’ & ‘Allegiances Compromised: Faith, Honour and Allegiance – Ex British Soldiers in the Irish Army 1913-1924’ examine Irish military history at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Michael’s poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including the 2014 anthology ‘The Hundred Years’ War: Modern War Poems’, edited by Neil Astley and published by Bloodaxe in the UK.

Michael enlisted in the Irish Defence Forces and after completing his basic training was posted to the Irish Air Corps at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel. During his career he served as an infantry soldier, signals operator, aircraft maintenance technician and also as a Peacekeeper with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and with the Peace Enforcement mission in Kosovo (KFOR). In 2010 he was awarded the Paul Tissandier Diploma by the Federation Aeronautiqe Internationale for his work in preserving Irish military and aviation heritage. He continues to work as Curator of the Irish Air Corps Military Aviation Museum.

His collection of poems influenced by his overseas service with the Irish Defence Forces, titled Peacekeeper, was published by Doire Press in 2016.

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