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Eamon Carr

Writer Eamon Carr


 was born in Kells, County Meath and began publishing his poems in the late 1960s. Later, with Peter Fallon, he formed poetry-performance group Tara Telephone and co-edited the literary collections Capella and The Book of Invasions as well as early Gallery Books imprints, before concentrating his energies as writer, conceptualist and drummer for Horslips, the band he co-founded and remains a member of. A journalist and occasional broadcaster, he is a former recipient of the Sarah Purser Scholarship and Prize in the History of European Painting from Trinity College, Dublin. His first book, The Origami Crow, Journey into Japan World Cup Summer 2002 (Seven Towers) was published in 2008.

Genre: Drama
Number of publications: 1

A play carved deeply on finest granite, wasting not a word, in deep command of itself.

— Frank McGuinness

Sample Work

About Deidre Unforgiven

Deirdre Unforgiven, a new dramatic work by the journalist, poet and musician Eamon Carr, is a re-telling of the legend of Deirdre of The Sorrows, a narrative that has inspired artists for centuries, and one of the most barbarous, complex and intriguing stories in Irish mythology.
While working as a reporter in the north of Ireland during the 1990s, Eamon was struck by how frequently the appalling events seemed to echo details of the Deirdre myth. The awfulness of those correspondences compelled him to explore their hermetic nature.

Deirdre, cursed and kidnapped as a baby by Conor, a usurping king, eventually sees Naoise, her true love, butchered along with his brothers as conflict rages across the kingdom of Ulster. In Deirdre Unforgiven, Eamon Carr shows how the story resonates most shockingly in our time.

From The Opening of Deirdre Unforgiven


Deirdre Unforgiven
Deirdre Unforgiven Drama by Eamon Carr published by Doire Press

ISBN: 978-1-907682-25-4 | Pages: 64 | Published: 2013

A recasting of the Deirdre fable, Eamon Carr’s verse play refracts his experience as a reporter on the North in the 1990s. Ceasefire reality and myth intersect in shades of brutality and terror. Greek theatre and Japanese Noh infrastructure frame the Celtic story and convey feelings about the Troubles too strong for professional journalism (review by John Flemming, The Irish Times).