Colm Toibin

Colm Toibín born in Enniscorthy in 1955 is a multi award-winning novelist. He has written several novels, short stories, and a play and was a high profile journalist as one time editor of Magill magazine. His novel The Heather Blazing won the 1993 Encore award. The Blackwater Lightship was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize…

Anthony Cronin

Another famous writer born in Slaney Street, Enniscorthy in 1928 is Anthony Cronin. Well known for his poetry he received the Marten Toonder Award for his contribution to Irish Literature. He is a founding member of Aosdána. He was one of the main architects of one of the most innovative and influential Artistic and Cultural…

Peter Murphy

Another Enniscorthy Writer, Peter Murphy, in February 2009 published his debut Novel ‘John the Revelator’ to rave reviews and it was shortlisted for Costa First Novel Award. Peter is a writer, journalist and is a contributing editor with Hot Press Magazine. He writes about music, books and films.

Guglielmo Marconi

Italian born Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) obtained the world’s first patent in Wireless Telegraphy and is rightfully titled ‘the Father of Modern Radio’. The Enniscorthy blood in this man’s veins is that of his mother, Annie Jameson, Granddaughter of the founder of the Jameson whiskey distillery.

Gerard Whelan

Gerard Whelan, is one more Enniscorthy born writer, is the author of several books for Children and is a multiple Award-Winner. The Guns of Easter, his first Novel, won a Bisto Merit Award and the Eilís Dillon Award for first time Writers. Dream Invaders was the Overall Winner of the Bisto Book of the Year…

Lafcadio Hearn

Every Japanese Scholar is familiar with the name Lafcadio Hearn aka Koizumi Yakumo (1850-1904), the man who brought the ‘English language to Japan’. As a young boy, Hearn lived with relatives at Kiltrea, just a few miles from Enniscorthy.