Patrick was born in Templetuohy, County Tipperary, where he still lives with his wife and family. He is a retired post-primary teacher.
He has won the Gerard Manley Hopkins poetry prize; he has also been a winner at Listowel writers’ week. In 1990, he was shortlisted for the Hennessy/Sunday Tribune Poetry Award. His poem, ‘Bulbs’, won Poem of The Ploughing at the 2015 Ploughing championships.
His work is featured in anthologies, including the inaugural Forward Book of Poetry (UK), The Stony Thursday Book, as well as The Best of Irish Poetry 2007 and Best Irish Poetry 2010. He is also represented in the recently published Windharp: Poems of Ireland Since 1916.
His work has been broadcast on the RTE radio programme, Sunday Miscellany. His previuous collections of poetry are The Stubble Fields (Dedalus Press, 2001), and Green (Salmon Poetry, 2008). His third collection is Bearings (Salmon Poetry, 2015) in which the poet takes stock of himself and his position in the world. As he says in the opening poem, “Faring,” he is still ‘chugging along,’ measuring his passage ‘through the rear-view mirror.’