Dairena Ní Chinnéide
Dairena Ní Chinnéide lives on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland. Her published collections include, the bilingual collection of poetry “An Trodaí agus Dánta Eile/The Warrior and Other Poems”, published by Cló Iar Chonnachta in 2006. “Máthair an Fhiaigh/The Raven’s Mother” was also published by Cló Iar Chonnachta in 2008. “An tEachtrannach/Das Fremde/The Stranger” is a trilingual art-house publication in German, Irish and English with Púca Press, Dingle in 2008. Her fourth and fifth collections were published in Irish only by Coiscéim, entitled “Poll na mBabies” (2008) and “Bleachtaire na Seirce” (2011).
She has performed professionally at many artistic events in Ireland, amongst them: Strokestown International Poetry; Rupert & Eithne Strong Award, Pavillion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire; Franco-Irish Literary Festival; West Cork Literary Festival; IMRAM 2008-2012; Western Writers Centre National Tour; CÚIRT International Literary Festival, Galway; Cork County Library; Féile na Bealtaine; Féile Beag Filíochta; Spirit of Folk Festival; Electric Picnic 2010-2012 & Whitehouse Poetry, Limerick. She also represented Ireland at numerous international artistic events such as: International Writers Festival, Villenica, Slovenia; Poetry Ireland 30th Anniversary Celebrations, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Words Unbound International Tour: Ireland; UK; Belgium & France; & Cuairt na mBard – Scottish-Irish Poetry Tour.
Prior to concentrating on writing, Dairena worked as a national broadcast journalist with RTÉ, Raidio na Gaeltachta, Century Radio and Radio Kerry.