2019 Programme

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Monasterevin Hopkins Society 

Annual Festival 2019

Fri. 26th & Sat. 27th July

Provisional Program:

Fri. 26th.

Venue: Mercy Convent, Drogheda St., Monasterevin

4.00 pm  Art Exhibition: Artists for Peace

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. Accompanied on piano by Jillian Saunders Dominic 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.

11.00-11:30 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.

  12.30-1.45 pm Lunch Break

Venue: Monasterevin Community Centre

2.00 pm Lecture:

Jo O’Donovan RSM will present a talk on “Hopkins – the Poet of Theology” exploring Hopkins as the poet of theology.

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.

  3.00 pm Poetry Reading:

James Harpur will read his own poetry.

 4.15 pm My Favourite Hopkins Poem

All those who wish to do so are invited to read a Hopkins poem of their choice..


  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 is a Sister of Mercy who taught in the area of Religious Education, Theology and Religious Studies
in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
Having developed inter-faith dialogue
with theology students, she published on
retirement, Understanding Differently:
Christianity and the World Religions.


  Dominic McGorian, TenorDominic 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 26th or Saturday, July 27th.


Fri & Sat All Events: Concert, Lectures & Poetry Reading € 30
Fri. 26th, Concert: €   15
Fri.26th, One Lecture: € 5
Sat. 27th, Three (3) Lectures: € 15
Sat. 27th, Afternoon Poetry Reading: €   5
Full Day Sat: € 20
Art Exhibition No Charge


James Harpur : The Inverse Lives of G M Hopkins and T S Eliot.
Jo O’Donovan RSM lecture ‘Hopkins- Poet of Theology’, Monasterevin Hopkins Festival 2019
James Harpur, Poet in Monasterevin House July 2019