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Pat Tierney 1957-1996

Born in Galway. He was known as Pat the Poet. He had a pitch in Grafton Street where he would recite his own and other poems for a fee. He was an activist in his adopted community of Ballymun where he introduced poetry to a generation of school children. His works include his autobiography The Moon On My Back and books of poems Sheets to the Wind, My First Wake and Sweet-Talker.  He was dying from AIDS when he committed suicide making his intentions known to the Sunday Tribune the week before. He was cremated and his ashes were paraded through Grafton Street on a Saturday afternoon. The parade was led by a group of musicians and after stopping at his pitch where some ashes were scattered, the rest of his ashes were given a drum salute in Temple Bar before being dispersed into the Liffey from the Ha’penny Bridge.

Further information, location and directions to the graves are to be found in "The End - An Illustrated Guide to the Graves of Irish Writers".  Click here to order a copy of this book