The Board, Director and Staff of Poetry Ireland wish to express their deepest sympathy with the Scully family on the death of Maurice Scully. Regarded as one of the foremost modernists of his generation.— Poetry Ireland (@poetryireland) March 6, 2023
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The famous Irish poet Maurice Scully passed away in Spain. He started publishing in the 1980s when he established and revised the literary journal ‘The Beau.’
The Irish poet graduated from Trinity College Dublin, where he studied English Literature and Irish.
Maurice was awarded the Arts Council Bursaries in Literature and Macaulay Fellowship in 1988 and 1986 respectively, alongside with the Katherine and Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship in 2004.
Maurice Scully was born in 1952 in Dublin and spent his young age between Clare, the Ring Gaeltacht, and Dublin.
After graduating from Trinity, where the literary journal Icarus mainly traveled in Europe and Africa teaching English before going back to Dublin in the 1990s, he settled along with his wife and four kids, teaching for a time at Dublin City University.
For almost 25 years, his work was devoted to a single vast project under the overall title of Things That Happen, which includes Livelihood, Tig, 5 Freedoms of Movement, and Sonata.
Eric Falci titled it the most ambitious and essential long poem in modern Irish literature.
Recognizing his remarkable achievement and career, a collection of vital essays on his work, edited by Ken Keating, was published in 2020.
Raven Arts Press published his collection, Love Poems and others, in 1981. With publishers in England and Ireland, he produced over a dozen further volumes, including Several Dances and Humming.
Doing the Same in English, a sample of his work was published by Dedalus Press in 2008.
Maurice was a distinctively innovative poet. He once remarked on Paterson by William Carlos.
Prof Philip Coleman of Trinity College Dublin paid a tribute. He described Scully as an authentic organic in Irish poetry, quietly and patiently doing things in his style for several decades.
Things That Happen is a significant part to 21st-century Irish poetry, but despite the monumental range of that achievement, there are moments of gentle, wit, and beauty, human affirmation throughout Maurice’s extensive work.
Prof Philip commented that Maurice was esteemed internationally as a poet whose dedication to his skills was celebrated for how it “belies easy categorization.”
Professor Kevin Rafter, chair of the Arts Council, said, “The Arts Council is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of renowned poet Maurice Scully. His writing displayed tremendous sensitivity and empathy, earning him loyal readers worldwide. His death is a great loss to Irish literature.”
Director of the Arts Council, Maureen Kennelly, said, “Maurice Scully was an esteemed poet and member of Aosdána. He made a wide and rich contribution to writing over his long career. He will be sadly missed but his legacy will endure and we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
Maurice Scully, elected to Aosdana in 2009, died on Sunday, March 5, 2023, in Bolea, Spain.