Connemara author Tim Robinson dies at 85 from COVID-19
We were sadden to learn of the death of the acclaimed author, artist and cartographer Tim Robinson who died in London from Covid-19 at the age of 85, although he had had Parkinson’s disease for some time. He died in St Pancras Hospital in north London not far from his flat in West Hampstead, two weeks after the death of his wife and collaborator Mairéad Robinson. Born on Yorkshire, Robinson moved to Ireland in 1972. He lived for a time in the Aran Islands before settling in Roundstone, Co Galway.
He is best known for his trilogy of nonfiction books on Connemara and a two-volume study of the Aran Islands. Mr Robinson was born in 1935. He studied maths at Cambridge and worked as a visual artist in Istanbul, Vienna and London before moving to the Aran Islands. He embarked on a decades-long project of mapping and writing about the Aran Islands and Connemara. His book, Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage, published in 1985, won the Irish Book Award Literature Medal and a Rooney Prize Special Award for Literature in 1987. Stones of Aran: Labyrinth followed in 1995. He also won two Irish Book Awards for his Connemara trilogy: Listening to the Wind (2006), The Last Pool of Darkness (2008) and A Little Gaelic Kingdom (2011). He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2010, and his last book, Experiments on Reality, was published in the autumn of 2019.