Michael Harding



Michael Harding (born 1953) lives in County Leitrim, very near Arigna, a village located just over the county boundary in the north of County Roscommon. He is now a regular columnist with The Irish Times.Harding went to St. Patricks College, Maynooth, initially graduating as a lay graduate. He taught for two years in St. Patricks College in Cavan Town, then worked as a social worker in a prison. He returned to Maynooth as a seminarian and was ordained in 1980, after which he went to work in a parish in Fermanagh. He left the priesthood in 1985, then spent seventeen years practising Buddhism. He is married to the sculptor Cathy Carmen (whom he first met in 1984) and they have a daughter Sophia.He has published three novels: Priest (1986), The Trouble With Sarah Gullion (1988) and Bird in the Snow (2008). He became a member of Aosdána, the National Academy for Creative Artists, in 2000. He was Writer in Association with The Abbey Theatre in 1993, was short listed for the Irish Times Aer Lingus Literature Award in 1989, and was Writer in Residence at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1999. Harding has received the following awards:

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