Poet Padraic Fiacc was born Patrick Joseph (Joe) O Connor in Belfast in 1923. When he was a child his family moved to New York where he started to write poetry. He attended St. Joseph's Seraphic Seminary but abandoned his studies for priesthood and went back to Belfast in 1946.
1948 was the year he began to have his poetry published, but in 1952 he had to return to New York when his mother died, it was in America that he met his future wife Nancy. Together they returned to Northern Ireland.
By the 1960s he was beginning to be considered a major Irish poet and one of the few who confronted the conflict without cliched positions or thinking "The thing about the early Troubles was, we were all terrorized, because we didn't know what was going to happen, we were living in a state of dread... it pleases me now that I'm old that I've done something".
Today he still resides in Belfast, and is a member of Aosdána, the Irish Arts Academy.
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