Dr. Louis de Paor is a well-known Cork born poet in the Irish language. He has been involved with the contemporary renaissance of poetry in Irish since 1980 when he was first published in the poetry journal Innti which he subsequently edited for a time.
Louis has worked alongside several other Irish language writers, such as Seán Ó Tuama, with whom he edited a twentieth century anthology of poetry in Irish. He has also published several academic works.
Louis is a four times winner of the Oireachtas prize for the best collection of poems in Irish. Some of his work includes: Ag Greadadh Bas sa Reilig/Clapping in the Cemetery which was published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht in 2005 and reprinted in 2006.
A second bilingual volume Agus Rud Eile De/And Another Thing (2010) includes artwork by Kathleen Furey and a recording of poems with musical settings by Ronan Browne. A bilingual selection of his early work, The Brindled Cat and the Nightingale’s Tongue, was published by Bloodaxe in 2014.
In 2014, at the Irish Arts Centre in New York, he and composer Dana Lyn premiered One day/Lá Dá Raibh, a bilingual stage performance using poetry, music, and visual imagery to present a day in the life of an imagined village in the West of Ireland.
Dr. Louis de Paor is currently the director of the Centre for Irish Studies NUI, Galway.