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Bernard O’Donoghue

uses the language of Catholic Christianity much more overtly. The principal figures in this tradition are Denis Devlin, Brian Coffey and Thomas McGreevy (who was a close friend of Samuel Beckett). But I want to consider finally two poets in the forefront of contemporary Irish poetry, Michael Longley and Medbh McGuckian. Longley is one of the Northern Irish poets who has most stressed the dilemma of the writer in the Troubles: discuss them in poetry and you are accused of exploitation of suffering for the poet’s own ends; ignore them and you are accused of heartless

in Irish Catholic identities