The Máire Mhac and tSaoi passes

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Famous Irish poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi has died at the age of 99.

Mhac an tSaoi was considered one of the most important Irish language scholars of her time and died at her home on Saturday evening, according to a statement released by her family.

Máire Mhac an tSaoi has received numerous prestigious awards throughout his distinguished career, including the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from the Irish American Cultural Institute.

She also became the first woman to be admitted to the bar in Ireland and the first woman to enter the Department of External Affairs through a public competition.

Irish President Michael D. Higgins has described Mhac an tSaoi as a “woman of immense talent” and one of Ireland’s most creative writers.

“She has made a profound and distinctive contribution to our society in terms of literature, diplomacy and most of all poetry,” said Higgins.

“Her fearless, powerful and intriguing personality has led her to challenge established conventions and expectations in a unique way. A prolific writer, she has always had an infectious passion for the Irish language and for the people of the Gaeltacht.”

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin declared that Mhac an tSaoi was one of the “great modern Irish poets”.

“As Máire’s family said, she has lived a remarkable life as a former diplomat and poet,” Martin said on Twitter.

“Without a doubt, she was one of the great modern Irish poets. She leaves a wonderfully rich legacy that will last for generations.”

Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Máire Mhac an tSaoi.

As Máire’s family said, she lived a remarkable life as a former diplomat and poet.

Without a doubt, she was one of the great modern Irish poets. She leaves a wonderfully rich legacy that will last for generations.

– Michael Martin (@MichealMartinTD) October 17, 2021

Mhac an tSaoi is survived by his children Patrick and Margaret and his daughter-in-law Fedelma.

She was married to Irish historian and politician Conor Cruise O’Brien, who died in 2008, while her father Sean MacEntee was a prominent member of the anti-Treaty IRA during the Civil War and a founding member of Fianna Fáil.



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