The well-known Irish poet and former RTÉ producer/director, Michael Davitt, has died suddenly. He was 55.

Born in Cork in 1950, he was one of a group of young writers, including Liam Ó Muirthile and Gabriel Rosenstock, who were strongly influenced by Seán Ó Ríordáin.

He was among the group who founded the journal Innti, and promoted a new generation of Irish language writers.

The Irish-American Cultural Institute awarded him the Butler Prize in 1994. Michael Davitt was a member of Aosdána. 

He was also involved in the management of the Irish cultural organisation, Gael-Linn, promoting cultural festivals, drama and recordings of traditional music and song in the Irish language.

From 1985 to 1988 he was a presenter on RTÉ television and from 1988 until his early retirement a few years ago he worked as a producer/director with RTÉ.