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Statement by President Michael D. Higgins on the death of Ciarán Carson

Date: Sun 6th Oct, 2019 | 18:14

“It is with great sadness that I have heard of the passing of Ciarán Carson, poet, musician, author and member of Aosdána.

Growing u p in an Irish speaking community, with Irish as his first language, Ciarán’s love of the Irish language lasted throughout his life. A prolific writer, his poetry, prose, translations from Italian and French reflected a wide range of achievements. 

An early contributor to the understanding of traditional music, he was interested in all the arts and a generous supporter of other artists. 

He leaves such a wide body of work that people will have their own favourites, including the magnificent ‘Belfast Confetti’. Representing Belfast in all its variety, the memoirs and books, such as ‘The Star Factory’, revealed a deep love of place.

Writing right up to the end, with the text forthcoming, he will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing or reading his work.

I warmly recall his travelling with us to the isle of Iona in the early days of the Presidency.

Sabina and I would like to extend our sympathy to his wife Deirdre and children Manus, Gerard and Mary, his extended family and wide circle friends and colleagues.” 

Hans Zomer
Head of Communications and Information
Áras an Uachtaráin
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