Frank Ormsby has been announced as the incoming Ireland Professor of Poetry.  

The announcement was made by President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony in Queen's University, Belfast. 

Mr Ormsby succeeds Professor Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.

The award was established in 1998 by the Arts Councils on each side of the border in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin, UCD and Queen's University Belfast to celebrate the exceptional contribution of Irish poets to the world of literature.

Previous winners of the three-year position were Paula Meehan, Harry Clifton, Michael Longley, Paul Durcan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and John Montague.

Born in Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh in 1947, Mr Ormsby was educated at St Michael's Enniskillen and Queen's University, Belfast.

His most recent poetry collection was 'The Darkness of Snow' in 2017.  

He edited the literary journal Honest Ulsterman for from 1967 for a 20 year period.

He also taught at one of Northern Ireland's best-known second level schools, The Royal Belfast Academical Institution, from 1976 until his retirement in 2010.

President Higgins described Mr Ormsby as one of a golden generation of poets and said his poetry frequently engages in themes of origin, exile and elegy, often in a domestic setting.

He paid tribute to him for writing candidly, courageously and humorously about his illness in his recent collection that includes the lines:

"My brother and I at a wedding:
 Enough tremors between us
 to rival the air-conditioning".