John Montague

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John Montague. 'When John died, I experienced something like extreme fear, a literal shaking of the body – but my spirit seemed also to shake.' Photograph: Paddy Whelan

In late November 2016, John and I were full of hope and dread. Our hope was like everyone’s, sometimes strong and at others fragile. The dread was bot(...)

With its turrets and arched windows, Luggala is a Gothic Revival fantasy.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The fate of Luggala, the famed Guinness estate hidden away in the Wicklow mountains and for sale on the open market for €28 million, hangs in the bala(...)

These Rooms, a dance-theatre fusions with Anu, a highlight for this past year

Your 2016 highlights? It was a great year for the elderly: the last, hilarious and heartbreaking, volume of Samuel Beckett’s letters; Leonard Cohen’s(...)

Former minister for arts John O’ Donoghue  emphasised the need for an ‘arm’s length’ between State and the arts. In th3e background is Frieze, by Fergus Martin and Anthony Hobbs, 2003. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We will probably read and hear much about the scholar and revolutionary George Noble Plunkett in 2017. Appointed director of the National Museum in 19(...)

Poet John Montague. Photograph Paddy Whelan

The life and work of the late John Montague was celebrated by family and friends at a funeral service in Dublin on Wednesday. The 87-year-old poet, (...)

John Montague was a poet who gave history a voice, a voice informed by his Northern background and origins. He did so in early poems of remarkable ins(...)

John Montague and his wife  Elizabeth Wassell  at home in west Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson

John Montague, the great Ulster poet and first Ireland Professor of Poetry, who has just died in his beloved France, will be mourned by everyone who u(...)

John Montague speaking at his 80th birthday and the launch of his Chosen Lights: Poets on Poems at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin I remember John with affection as a humorous, unpretentious person and as a poet of enormous talent and humanity. He had a k(...)

John Montague who has died at the age of 87

The President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to the poet, John Montague, who has died in France, aged 87. He died early on Saturday morning in th(...)

Mike McCormack: the Galway-based author’s first novel in 11 years has won the Irish novel of the year award a week after winning  the £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, a novel constructed from a single sentence, has won the Novel of the Year prize at the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Boo(...)

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