Our Jury

The RTÉ  A Poem For Ireland Jury comprises six people who are each immersed, in different ways, in writing about, performing, supporting or simply appreciating Irish poetry.

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Damien Dempsey

Damien Dempsey is quite simply and unequivocally himself: Damo. A lifelong lover of poetry, Damian has been described by the media as ‘an urban poet’. As he says himself “long before The Streets and Scroobius Pip’s rise to fame making poetry cool”, his lyrics were infused by his great love and respect for poetry.

Damian's songs draw inspiration from writers like Orwell, Kavanagh, Chomsky, Joyce and Yeats. Speaking about Damian, singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor declared: "I don't think there's ever been anyone like him. I think he represents the sort of voice in Ireland that is not allowed to be heard" The Guardian's Robin Deneslow described him as "one of the most thoughtful singer-songwriters of his generation". Damian has been an avid fan of poetry from a young age and is renowned for the passion and lyricism of his performances.