The greatest Irish thinker you’ve never read? It could be this man

Unthinkable: The Kerry ‘eco-poet’ John Moriarty illuminates a better way for humanity, says Michael W Higgins

The late John Moriarty. Andy O’Mahoney  on an RTÉ radio programme in 1985 introduced him with the words: ‘My guest tonight is one of the most remarkable people that I’ve ever met in my entire life.’ Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The late John Moriarty. Andy O’Mahoney on an RTÉ radio programme in 1985 introduced him with the words: ‘My guest tonight is one of the most remarkable people that I’ve ever met in my entire life.’ Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Who hasn’t felt the urge to drop out of society – to turn off the mobile phone, leave the rat race and retreat to the wilds?

Diogenes was perhaps the first role model. He lived seminaked in a barrel, threw away his only piece of crockery when he saw a boy drinking with his cupped hands, and was so unperturbed by status that he told Alexander the Great to get out of his sunlight when the dignitary paid him a visit.

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