|1966 (age 57–58)
University of Limerick
Tom French (born 1966 in Kilkenny) is an Irish poet.
He was born in Kilkenny in 1966 and raised across the border in Tipperary. He graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Limerick.
He lives with his family close to the coast of County Meath, where he earns his living in the County library service.
He received bursaries in literature from An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council, Ireland in 1999 and 2009. His work has appeared in numerous national and international publications.
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