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Icarus is a student literary magazine based in Trinity College Dublin.[1] The magazine is the earliest arts publication in Ireland.[2]

EditorFlorence Heap and Meg-Elizabeth Lynch (2019/20)
FrequencyThree issues per academic year
FounderAlec Reid
Year founded1950
Based inDublin

The current editors are Meg-Elizabeth Lynch and Florence Heap.

History and profileEdit

Icarus was founded in 1950 by Alec Reid,[1] and has been published with regularity three times a year ever since.[3] The magazine focuses on creative writing and publishes poems, prose and drama written by students, staff and alumni of Dublin University.[2][3]

Former editors include Rudi Holzapfel, Brendan Kennelly, Derek Mahon, Michael Longley, Iain Sinclair, David Norris, John Haffenden, Maurice Scully, Sebastian Barry, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, David Wheatley, Paul Nash, Selina Guinness, Sue Rainsford, Joanne O'Leary and Jonathan Creasy.[3]

Notable contributors have included John Montague, Seamus Heaney, Paul Durcan, Louis MacNeice, Matthew Sweeney, E. A. Markham, Donald Davie, Dermot Bolger, John F. Deane, Thomas Kinsella, W. R. Rodgers, Frank O’Connor, Edward Lucie-Smith, Eavan Boland, Seamus Deane, Gerald Dawe, Caitriona O'Reilly, Sinéad Morrissey, Justin Quinn, Thom Gunn, Colm Tóibín, Vona Groarke, Brian Keenan, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Desmond Hogan, Monk Gibbon, Arland Ussher, Ciaran Carson, Kevin Barry, Cyrus Cassells.


  1. ^ a b "On the Wings of 'Icarus'". The Irish Times. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Icarus". The Review. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Icarus Magazine". The Irish Writers' Centre. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2015.