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Latest news (18th July 2018):

The Official 2018 Program is now available!

You can download a printable copy (PDF) of the 2018 Festival Program by clicking here.

Monasterevin Hopkins Festival 2018 Programme

Fri 27th July

Venue: Mercy Convent, Drogheda St., Monasterevin
4.00 pm Art Exhibition: Artists for Peace

Venue: Moore Abbey Lecture Room
7.30 pm Prof Alice Jenkins, University of Glasgow, Scotland.“ Hopkins and Euclid”

Venue: Moore Abbey, Baronial Hall
8.30pm Concert
Aaron Doyle, a principal lead vocalist with Dulaman.

Sat 28th July

Venue: Moore Abbey Lecture Room
10.00am Gail McConnell, Queens University, Belfast.
“Hopkins and Irish Poetry”
11.30am John F Deane “Hopkins: Becoming Jesus”

Venue: Presentation Generalate, Monasterevin House,
Main St., Monasterevin.
2.30pm Poetry Readings
Arthur Broomfield
John F Deane
Gail McConnell
3.00pm “My Favourite Hopkins Poem”
3.30pm Close of Festival


  • Please click here to view more in depth details of the program and start making your plans to attend.
Recent news:
  • 2018 Festival dates are set for Fri 27th July and Sat. 28th July.
  • Our 2017 festival was a great success!  Our sincere thanks to our lecturers, performers, attendees, hosts and of course our sponsors.
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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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