Denis O’Sullivan

Home » Past to Present » Art and Literature » Denis O’Sullivan


Denis H. O Sullivan, known locally as the ‘Boatman of Glengarriff’ is a rural scribe who penned a collection of poetry about the beauty of Glengarriff’s landscape.

Though little known outside his own time and place, O’Sullivan’s work caught the attention of the American poet, Marianne Moore (1887-1972).  In the notes to her 1941 poem, ‘Spenser’s Ireland’, she credits O’Sullivan’s ‘Happy Memories of Glengarriff’ with her use of the phrases ‘guillemot’ and ‘linnet’.

Happy Memories of Glengarriff