David Marcus, the literary editor credited with discovering some of the country's best known writers, has died in Dublin aged 85.

He edited over 30 anthologies of Irish short stories and poetry and first published the work of writers such John McGahern, Colm Tóibín, Joe O'Connor and Anne Enright.

He had been ill for some time

Born in Cork in 1924, he was widely-regarded as a tireless advocate of the Irish short story.

Mr Marcus edited Irish Writing and Poetry Ireland for almost a decade prior to 1954.

However, it was as editor of New Irish Writing in the Irish Press for 30 years where he was most influential.

Throughout his lifetime, he edited over 30 anthologies of Irish short stories, a number of novels and his 2001 autobiography, ‘Oughtobiography - Leaves from the diary of a hyphenated Jew’.

The Arts Council has expressed its regret on the death of Mr Marcus.

Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council said he had made an extraordinary contribution to Irish literature.

Mr Marcus was married to writer Ita Daly and had one daughter.