Catherine Phil MacCarthy

Catherine Phil MacCarthy is a native of Crecora, Co Limerick and has lived in Sandymount, Dublin, since 1987. She has published five collections of poetry and a novel, and her sixth as well as her Selected Poems, are due for publication. She was a recipient of the month-long International Writer Exchange program, travelled to Australia to Varuna, the National Writers House (NSW) in the autumn of 2022, and participated in the Blue Mountains Writers Festival. This September, she took part in readings in Washington DC, Villanova, and Princeton, supported by Culture Ireland. (Link to Events page)


Daughters of the House

Daughters of the House

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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Irish Elk

Giant antlers shine at night
diamond, sapphire,

branch in a neighbour’s garden,
light up the moonless dark

for children going to bed,
as if the Great Irish Elk,

extinct seven thousand years,
turned in his grave

beneath the lake at Lough Gur,
and bellowing rose from the bog,

to roam the hills and woods
of Ireland, ghost at large

and twice as tall as Man
come back to haunt us.

from Catherine Phil MacCarthy, The Invisible Threshold (2012), published by kind permission of Dedalus Press: