Mícheál de Barra

Micheál de Barra was born on the border of the Burren – his spiritual home – in Kilfenora, Co. Clare. He was later educated by the Christian Brothers and qualified as primary school teacher in Mary Immaculate College, Marino. He has a degree in Irish and Spanish from the University of Ireland, Dublin and read for a Master’s in Education at Trinity College, Dublin. He has worked as both a primary and secondary teacher in Ireland and in Argentina, while also spending short periods as a guidance counsellor and as a secondary school vice-principal.

An Bóthar go Santiago (Cois Life, 2007) was Mícheál’s first publication. It takes the form of a daily diary of his personal journey along the well-known pilgrimage, and won the Glen Dimplex Award 2007 in the Irish section. His second book, Gaeil I dTír na nGauchos (Coiscéim, 2009), was published in 2009 and tells the story of Gaels that have emigrated to Argentina over the years. In October, 2012; Mr Bruce Davis, Ambassador from Australia launched Gaeil faoi Bhratach Eureka (Coiscéim, 2012) in the Australian Embassy, Dublin. The story of the Eureka Stockade is discussed in this new book – one of the most racially motivated events in Australia’s history. Micheál is currently living with his wife Siobhán in Kildare.

Updated June 2017

Prose

Gaeil faoi bhratach Eureka (Coiscéim, 2012)
Gaeil i dTír na nGauchos (Coiscéim, 2009)
An bóthar go Santiago (Cois Life, 2007)

Mícheál de Barra at Cois Life