Patrick Deeley was born in Loughrea, County Galway, in 1953.  He attended the local national school in Mullagh, and received his secondary education at St. Brendan’s College, Loughrea, before attending St. Patrick’s College, Dublin, where he trained as a primary teacher.
David Marcus published many of his early poems in New Irish Writing during the late 1970s and early 1980s.  He won a Patrick Kavanagh Merit Award in 1981, and his first collected work appeared in Raven Introductions 1 in 1983.    
Six highly praised collections of his poems have been published by Dedalus Press:
‘Intimate Strangers’ (1986)
‘Names for Love’ (1990)
‘Turane: The Hidden Village’ (1996)
‘Decoding Samara’ (2000)
‘The Bones of Creation’ (2008)
‘Groundswell: New and Selected Poems’ (2013)
‘Turane’, which uses the idioms of speech of the people of his native place, was chosen as The Sunday Tribune Poetry Book of the Year 1995.  ‘The Bones of Creation’ was named by critics in The Irish Times and elsewhere as one of the outstanding poetry books of 2008. 
‘Territoire’ (2011) was published by Alidades Books in translation to French, and many of his poems – as well as featuring in several leading literary outlets here and abroad and being widely anthologised – have been translated to Italian, Dutch and Moldovan.
He received a Bursary in Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2000 which enabled him to write a novel for young readers entitled ‘The Lost Orchard’.   This won the Eilis Dillon Book of the Year Award in 2001.  Three further works of fiction for younger readers have appeared from O’Brien Press.
He has conducted poetry workshops throughout Ireland for both children and adults, and his highly acclaimed ‘Poetry in the Classroom’, based on poem-making with children in Ballyfermot – where he worked as teacher and principal – received Department of Education commendation and was published in ‘The Magic Emerald’ 1st to 6th Standards by CJ Fallon.
He served on the Council of Poetry Ireland from 1984 to 1989.  He has conducted lectures for post-graduate students on literary exchange programmes at TCD and has read at Cuirt, Galway Arts, Kilkenny Arts, Boyle, Baffle, and West Cork Festival.  
‘Groundswell: New and Selected Poems’, a substantial work encompassing poems written over more than thirty years, was published by Dedalus Press in 2013.
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