Limerick poet Tim Cunningham earns top fellowship

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK poet Tim Cunningham is celebrating this week after earning a prestigious fellowship.

LIMERICK poet Tim Cunningham is celebrating this week after earning a prestigious fellowship.

Mr Cunningham has earned the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh fellowship in poetry; former recipients include local poet Ciaran O’Driscoll, Susan Connolly, Maurice Scully and John W Sexton.

Born in Limerick in 1942, Mr Cunningham was educated at Sexton Street CBS, and London’s Birkbeck College.

He has worked with a brewery, local government, the national coal board, and in education.

He has had four collections published, two of which were published by The Limerick Writers’ Centre.

The fellowship is awarded by The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Trust in order to assist poets later in life.

In her will, Katherine, the wife of celebrated poet Patrick, said a part of the money should be used for grants, bursaries, loans for writers in “middle years”.

“That is to say that period of their creative life when they have established that they are capable of work of merit and before they are too old to reap the full benefit of such assistance,” she added.