Festival Cancellation Notice: May 13 2020

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It is with regret that we have to announce that the July 2020 Festival will not go ahead as planned due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. While we know this is very disappointing for our audiences, lecturers, poet, singer, and participants in our Art Exhibition we look forward to next year’s Festival which will be held on July 24-26 2021.

“Over the past few weeks, our team have been considering how best we could safely deliver some, or all, of our 2020 Festival events.

In coming to our decision we have taken into account Government guidelines, the safety of our communities, and the possibility of delivering  an enjoyable and valid Festival in July 2020 and we had no alternative but to cancel the 2020 Festival.

Since 1988 Monasterevin has celebrated its association with Hopkins and it is with great regret we feel obliged for public safety reasons to cancel this year’s festival.

Our immediate priority is to support the health and civil authorities in doing whatever we can to keep each other safe and well, and ultimately to protect lives.

We salute the leadership and the selfless efforts of frontline and support staff everywhere;

Finally, we encourage everyone to continue supporting our health and emergency services, who assure and maintain the necessary services to keep us all well at this time and we wish to express our gratitude, admiration and thanks for their dedication and professionalism which is proving so vital at this time. 

For now, keep safe, keep healthy and look after each other and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.


Welcome to the Monasterevin Hopkins Society website.

Our society celebrates Gerard Manley Hopkins, his poetry and his unique connection to our community in Monasterevin.  We hold a annual festival, and invite you to join us and gain an insight into the community and location that he referred to as “one of the props and struts of my existence”.




We are pleased to announce the dates of the  2020 Festival:

  • Fri & Sat July 24 & 25 2020

  • We are delighted to announce Aaron Doyle, a lead tenor with Dulaman for the 2020 Moore Abbey Concert.

Useful Information:
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889) was an English poet, Roman Catholic convert, and a Jesuit priest, whose posthumous fame established him among the leading Victorian poets.  His experimental explorations in prosody (especially sprung rhythm) and his use of imagery established him as a daring innovator in a period of largely traditional verse.

Hopkins in Monasterevin

Hopkins moved to Dublin in 1884 and died there in 1889.  During this time he was a professor of Greek and Latin at University College Dublin.  In letters to his mother and friend, English Poet Laureate Robert Bridges, he fondly mentions taking 6 or 7 short breaks at Monasterevin House with the Cassidy sisters commencing in 1886.  The Cassidy family were wealthy Catholic whiskey distillers.

Monasterevin Celebrating Hopkins

Monasterevin has been celebrating the Hopkins’ association since 1988 when a module on Hopkins was included in the Monasterevin Canal Festival.  The Monasterevin community has supported and organised the Annual Monasterevin Hopkins Festival every year since, under the aegis of a number of community organisations.  Since 2010, the Annual Hopkins Festival is organised by the Monasterevin Hopkins Society.

Our Annual Festival

The Annual Monasterevin Hopkins Festival is a celebration of Hopkins, his poetry and his connection with Monasterevin.  The program consists of poetry, literature, lectures, and music .  Please visit our Past Programs page for further information.

If you have any comments, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to contact us.