Thomas McCarthy was born at Cappoquin, Co. Waterford and educated at University College Cork. Worked for many years at Cork City Libraries. His collections of poetry include The Sorrow Garden, The Last Geraldine Officer, Pandemonium and Prophecy (Carcanet Press, UK) . He has won the Patrick Kavanagh Award, O’Shaughnessy Award and Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize as well as the Ireland Funds Annual Literary Award.

A former Editor of Poetry Ireland Review and The Cork Review, he is a member of Aosdána. His literary diaries, POETRY, MEMORY and the PARTY: Journals 1974-2014, was published in 2022 by The Gallery Press, Dublin.