"A person who wants to write things will have to move about among the people he left behind"
(W. Macken, Quench the Moon, Chapter 5)


Welcome to the official Walter Macken's Web site.

This site is devoted to promote Walter Macken's writings and an awareness of his significance in Irish literature.

Download and listen to Walter Macken's voice:

1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

(These mp3 files are excerpts from "Mungo's Mansion" the first play Walter Macken wrote)

Contact us: info@waltermacken.com







This year 2015 marks the centenary of Walter Macken's birth.

He was born in Galway on the 6 th of May 1915 while his father, another Walter Macken, was away in Belgium with the Connaught Rangers. His father held him for a few moments while back on leave a year later. He was killed in 1917 in Belgium. We will be posting updates and more information as the year unfolds.

Here is an article his son, Walter Macken jr, wrote for the City Tribune, Galway, in 2003. It was a reflection on Walter Macken's writing life and his attitude to his work.

Launch of Walter Macken: Dreams on Paper (by Ultan Macken)
To be launched by former RTE broadcaster Liam Nolan (Tuesday, 13 October 2009 at 6pm. Kenny's Bookshop and Gallery, Liobán Retail Park, Tuam Rd, Galway (Please, RSVP to Kenny's: Ph: 091-709350, Email: desi@kennys.ie)
All welcome.

Podcast: "A Writer's Legacy: Walter Macken"
Listen to an interview (podcast) to Father Walter Macken, Jr., son of the late Irish novelist Walter Macken, available at The Writers Show. Featuring Guest Hosts Mick Halpin and Rafael Guzmán.
December 17th, 2007

Inauguration of a brass plaque to Louis MacNeice and Walter Macken
April 27th, 2007

On April 27th, in Galway, there was an inauguration of a brass plaque both to Louis MacNeice an Northern poet with Galway connections whose hundredth anniversary occurs this year. His plaque has a poem he wrote in September 1939, when the 2 nd World War broke out. He was looking over Galway Bay and using about how ordinary things looked, "when war came down upon us". about Galway Bay.

Another brass plaque was unveiled at the same time by Fr. Walter. This was an extract from "Rain on the Wind" that describes the sunset over the Claddagh basin, with the rose colour from the retiring sun reflected in the wings of the seagulls making them look like tropical birds.

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