2019 Provisional Programme

Monasterevin Hopkins Society 

Annual Festival 2019

Fri. 26th & Sat. 27th July

Provisional Program:

Fri. 26th.

Venue: Mercy Convent, Drogheda St., Monasterevin

3.00 pm  Art Exhibition

Curator: Ann Scully RSM

Venue: Moore Abbey

Courtesy of The Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary and the Muiriosa Foundation.

8.30 pm  Moore Abbey Concert

The Baronial Hall with the piano of John Count McCormack

Dominic McGorian, tenor, will sing a varied programme including Classical, Modern and Irish traditional songs.

Sat. 29th

Venue: Moore Abbey

10.00 am Lecture: 

James Harpur will present a talk on “Tom and Gerard: the Inverse Lives of T.S. Eliot and G.M. Hopkins

In this talk, poet James Harpur will explore the similarities and differences between two of the greatest spiritual poets of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Both Eliot and Hopkins were outsiders, converting to faiths different from those in which they were reared, and both suffered from illness, physical and mental.

11.00 am Coffee/Tea

11.30 am Lecture:

Lance Pierson will present a talk on “Hopkins and Milton

Hopkins admired Milton enormously, but it is not always realised how far he was influenced by him. The lecture explores four major areas where Hopkins looked to Milton as a mentor.

  1.00 pm Lunch

Venue: Monasterevin Community Centre

2.30 pm Poetry Reading:

Jo O’Donovan RSM

After the poetry reading we gather at Monasterevin House, Main Street, Monasterevin, where Hopkins spent vacations as a guest of the Cassidy family.

Venue: Monasterevin House

By kind permission of the Presentation Sisters.

  3.30 pm Poetry Reading:

James Harpur

 4.00 pm My Favourite Hopkins Poem

Participants will be invited to read their favourite Hopkins Poem.

 4.30 pm Close of Festival


James Harpur has published six books of poetry. His latest volume, The White Silhouette (Carcanet, 2018) was an Irish Times Book of the Year. Other books include Angels and Harvesters (2012), which was a PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Now Award; and The Dark Age (2007), winner of the Michael Hartnett Prize. He is a member of Aosdána and lives in West Cork. www.jamesharpur.com
Lance Pierson:
As a poetry-loving actor, Lance Pierson specialises in poetry performance. As a poetry performer, he specialises in Gerard Manley Hopkins and John Milton. As a Hopkins devotee, he is on the steering group of the UK Hopkins Society.
Jo O’Donovan, RSM



Dominic McGorian, Tenor

Dominic is Dublin born and is now based in Waterford. He performs in Concert and at weddings throughout Ireland.

He has toured Europe, Russia and America and has toured America with the Three Irish Tenors. He has performed for Presidents Higgins and McAleese and has performed on Irish Radio and TV.

He admires Andrea Bocelli, Finbar Wright, Pavarotti and Mario Lanza also Hayley Westenra & Charlotte Church.


People coming to the Festival may register on arrival on Friday, July 28th or Saturday, July 29th.


Fri. 26th, Concert: € 10
Fri. 26th, Lecture: €   5
Fri.26th, Concert and Lecture: € 10
Sat. 27th, Two (2) Morning Lectures & Poetry Reading: € 10
Sat. 27th, Afternoon Poetry Reading: €   5
Full Day Sat: € 15
Fri. and Sat. Total: € 25