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Latest news (22th December 2016):
  • New event added to the 2017 Preview page.  Mary O’Donnell will give a reading of her poetry.
Recent news:
  • 2017 Festival Preview additions:
    • Barry Walsh will present a paper on Monasterevin in Hopkins time.
    • Dr Hannah Loach will present a paper on ‘To what serves mortal beauty?’: Hopkins’s beautifully dangerous world.
    • Professor Kirstie Blair will present a paper on Hopkins, Work and Wilderness.
  • Videos of 2016 events have been added to our 2016 Event Videos page.
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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 with the aim of educating and stimulating the community.  Please visit our Past Programs page for further information.

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