John Montague

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This year, the entire class of 2018 studied Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’.

The exam hall was roasting on day one. But by day two, we had learned more, and the windows were opened a bit more. Still, the students were sweating(...)

 Loreto On The Green, Dublin,  students Ruth Redmond, Ashbourne; Amber McCann, Rush; Jane Loughrey, Ranelagh; Eavan O’Toole, Rathgar and  Sophie Dolan, Rathgar, following their Leaving Cert English exam. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tens of thousands of students breathed a sigh of relief when widely-predicted poets John Montague and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin appeared on English paper(...)

Garech Browne and Anthony Palliser at Luggala, Co Wicklow.

The first time I visited Anthony Palliser’s Paris home, back in 2007, I found the poets Derek Mahon and John Montague in the Anglo-Belgian painter’s s(...)

Artist Brian Lalor

The Ballydehob Museum of Treasures – Artists, Bohemians and Craftspeople of an Iconic Era will open next year in the village’s former bank. This fine (...)

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(...)

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