Catherine Phil MacCarthy

Catherine Phil MacCarthy is a native of Crecora, Co Limerick and has lived in Sandymount, Dublin since 1987. She has published four collections of poetry, and a novel, and is a free-lance tutor in Poetry and Creative Writing. Her poems explore from several angles the idea of ‘threshold’ or ‘the liminal’, the state of being in transition from one moment to the next.

Recent work is included in New Hibernia Review, Fómhar/Autumn 2016, edited by James S. Rogers.


The Invisible Threshold

The Invisible Threshold


Suntrap (2007)

The Blue Globe

The Blue Globe (1998)

How High The Moon

How High The Moon

One Room An Everywhere

One Room An Everywhere (2003)

This Hour of the Tide

This Hour of the Tide

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“US Airways Flight 1549”

for Chesley Sullenberger

Those gazing out of mid-town windows
saw what they’d never seen,
on water a jet land clean,
some magnificent bird’s skate
entirely lost in spray,
and, seconds later, one rare

sea creature, too big for river,
an exotic whale come up for air like Jonah’s,
some leviathan of the atmosphere
disgorging onto wings,
drifting downstream in January
an orderly line of people standing.

(from The Invisible Threshold, Dedalus Press, 2012)