‘An Irish poet but not a national poet’?
Unlike Ballyshannon’s other famous son, Rory Gallagher, poet William Allingham (b. 1824) spent most of his adult life in his native town before moving to London in 1870. His lyrical and descriptive poetry, while somewhat out of fashion today, was a huge influence on W.B. Yeats and, later John Hewitt. So where does Allingham stand in the pantheon of Irish poets? Was he any good as a poet?
To discuss these and related matters join History Ireland editor, Tommy Graham, for a lively and unfettered discussion with Anthony Begley, Moya Cannon and Pauric Travers.