By Gerard Smyth,

By Pat Boran

If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song

The best-selling 400 page anthology of poetry and song, edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth, exploring Dublin’s streets broad and narrow was the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2014.



“[A] map of the city’s imagination
” — Evening Herald

“A hugely valuable anthology, full of sustenance for the heart and soul.” — RTÉ TEN

If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song is a major verse anthology from Dedalus Press in which editors Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth present a unique invitation to explore, street by street, one of the world’s most famous literary cities through the poems and songs it has inspired down the ages.

A virtual tour of the city and environs, If Ever You Go takes the reader on a journey through streets broad and narrow, featuring verse both familiar and new, historical and contemporary, by writers whose work adds up to an intimate and revealing portrait of a place and its people. Contributors include poets already synonymous with the city — Swift, Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Clarke and Kavanagh among them — as well as a host of others, including Kinsella, Heaney, Boland, Bolger and Meehan, who have made some part of it their own.

Street singers and balladeers rub shoulders with haiku and performance poets in an anthology that has its heart set on the very streets we live and work and play on. Groundbreaking in its reach, celebratory in its outlook, If Ever You Go is a record of the connections and epiphanies, the missed chances and last buses that knit all of the streets outside our doors into a map of a city where poetry truly matters.

“If Ever You Go is one of the best publishing ideas in decades and a particular delight for those whose souls, for better or worse, are rooted in the city and its past.” — Dublin Review of Books

Special Collector’s Edition (limited to 50 copies only)
A Special Collector’s Edition of this title is also available. Casebound, on munken pure paper, thread sewn, with ribbons, Wibalin endpapers and binding, the edition is limited to 50 numbered copies only, signed by both of the editors. An ideal gift or collector’s item, there are a very small number still available. Please contact the press to enquire.

Additional information

Weight.6 kg
Dimensions216 × 140 mm


Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781906614874 PB;
  • Size: : 216 x 140 pp
  • Pages: : 400 pp
  • Published: : May 2014

About The Author


Gerard Smyth was born in 1951 in Dublin where he still lives and where he worked for over 40 years with The Irish Times, writing on cultural matters and as Managing Editor with responsibility for the paper’s literary and arts coverage. His poetry has appeared in publications in Ireland, Britain and the United States, since the late 1960s, as well as in translation. His eight collections include A Song of Elsewhere (2015), The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems (2010), as well as Daytime Sleeper (2002), A New Tenancy (2004) and The Mirror Tent (2007). His first volumes of poems were published by New Writers’s Press in the late 1960s and 1970s. He was the 2012 recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota. He is co-editor, with Pat Boran, of If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song which was Dublin’s One City One Book in 2014. He is a member of Aosdána and Poetry Editor of The Irish Times. See also PERSONAL STATEMENT "At this stage of my writing life memory and personal places have a central role in my work. Since my first poems in the 1960s, the irresistible appeal of poetry has been its multiple range of functions – as a form of succinct storytelling, as melody and soundscape, as a medium to capture the spirit of place, memorialise and elegise, lament, pay homage, bear witness and celebrate. What the lyric can achieve surpasses all other forms. Jane Hirshfield nailed it when she said that poetry is “as grand a technology as I know for the netting and distillation of vastness, condensing huge swaths of existence into something portable, memorable”.


PAT BORAN was born in Portlaoise, in the Irish midlands, and has long since lived in Dublin. He has held a number of posts as Writer-in-Residence with libraries and third-level institutions and has published more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, the most recent of which are Waveforms: Bull Island Haiku (2016) with photographs by the author, and A Man Is Only As Good: A Pocket Selected Poems (2017). Editions of his poetry have been published in Italian, Hungarian and Macedonian, with a selection recently issued in Portuguese, translated by Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho. Boran's non-fiction includes the popular writers' handbook The Portable Creative Writing Workshop (various editions) and A Short History of Dublin. His memoir The Invisible Prison: Scenes from an Irish Childhood, was published to considerable acclaim in 2009. A former editor of Poetry Ireland Review and former presenter of The Poetry Programme and The Enchanted Way on RTÉ Radio 1, he has edited numerous anthologies, among them Wingspan: A Dedalus Sampler (2006), Flowing, Still: Irish Poets on Irish Poetry (2009), The Bee-Loud Glade (2009), Shine On: Irish writers supporting those affected by mental ill health (2011), the 2014 Dublin One City, One Book choice If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (co-editor Gerard Smyth) and, with co-editor Eugene O'Connell, The Deep Heart's Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem (2017). His achievements include The Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1989 and the US-based Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award in 2008. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of creative artists. (See also