Monasterevin Hopkins Society to celebrate the poet's strong links with the town

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Monasterevin Hopkins Society to celebrate the poet's strong links with the town
6:50 Monday 24th of July 2017

Members of Monasterevin Hopkins Festival Committee photographed at Monasterevin House (L-R): Ambrose Sharpe, Dan Carmody, Paschal O'Brien, Richard O'Rourke, and Michael O'Dwyer.

The Monasterevin Hopkins Society holds its long-awaited Annual Festival at the end of the week and it promises to be invigorating and enjoyable with an impressive line-up of speakers.

The itinerary will be split between Moore Abbey and Monasterevin House - both synonymous with Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Jesuit priest Hopkins, who worked in Ireland as a professor of classics at UCD from 1884-1889, was a frequent visitor to the Cassidy family of Monasterevin House and grew very fond of the town.

Some of his most famous poems are: Pied Beauty, The Windhover: To Christ our Lord and The Wreck of the Deutschland.

The Annual Festival programme begins in Moore Abbey on Friday evening with the opening address by Prof. Kirstie Blair, University of Strathclyde, who will speak on ‘Hopkins, Work and Wilderness'.

A Concert will follow with the unique harmonies of Vocalese, the trio from Portlaoise.

On Saturday, Dr. Hannah Loach, York University, will speak on ‘Hopkins’s Beautifully Dangerous World,’ To What Serves Mortal.

Barry Walsh later will speak on, ‘Monasterevin in Hopkins’s Time ’.

Tim Cunningham , London and Limerick and Mary O’ Donnell of Monaghan and Kildare; will both read their poetry.

The programme will  conclude as usual with ‘My Favourite Hopkins Poem’ in Monasterevin House where Hopkins was made so welcome.

Artists for Peace 

In association with Monasterevin Hopkins Society, an Art Exhibition will be held in the Mercy Convent, Drogheda St, Monasterevin featuring works by Daniel Lipstein, Jean Ryan Hakizmana and local artists.
Official Opening: Friday, July 28 at 4pm

Call for papers 

The Monasterevin Hopkins Society is always interested in promoting scholarship on Hopkins, Literature and all things Hopkinsian.

The Committee invites people interested in presenting a paper at our festival to contact it.

Enquiries: [email protected]


Monasterevin Hopkins Society Committee 2017:
Honorary President: Rev. D. O’Sullivan, P.E.
Honorary Vice-President: Norman White
Chairman: Richard O’Rourke
Vice-Chairman: Irene Kyffin
Secretary: Dan Carmody
Treasurer: Ambrose Sharpe
P.R.O.: Anni Wilton Jones
Members: Wayne Harrington, Dr Michael O’Dwyer,
Paschal O’Brien, Thomasina Connell and Sr Ann Scully.


Fri. 28 :Venue: Convent of Mercy, Drogheda St., Monasterevin.

4.00 pm.  Art Exhibition

Curator: Ann Scully

Fri. 28 :      Venue: Moore Abbey, Monasterevin.

7.30 : Prof. Kirstie Blair, ‘Hopkins: Work & Wilderness’

8.30: Concert : Vocalese

Sat. 29:      Venue: Moore Abbey Monasterevin.

10.00 am : Dr Norman White: “Hopkins, Gladstone and ‘The Hopkins Conundrum’ ”

11.30 am : Barry Walsh : “Monasterevin in Hopkins’s Time”

12.30 pm: Poetry Reading: Tim Cunningham

Lunch 1.00-2.30

Afternoon Programme

Venue: Monasterevin House, Main St, Monasterevin.

2.30: Poetry Reading: Mary O’Donnell

3.00 : My Favourite Hopkins Poem.

3.30 : Close of Festival

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