John F Deane, Poet

John F Deane is a poet and Founder of Poetry Ireland. John was born in Bunacurry, Achill.  collection 'Achill The Island' published in 2009 is a tribute to the majesty and magic of Achill Island. 

PART 1: First memory; a child in Bunnacurry; exploring nature in Achill.

John F Deane Part 1 - Achill Oral Histories
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PART 2: Leaving Achill For Mungret College, Limerick; father’s love of Russian literature  Heinrich Böll’s work; playing Tatars and the Cossacks as a boy.

John F Deane Part 2 - Achill Oral Histories
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PART 3: Enduring Importance of Catholic faith in John’s poetry; Kimmage Manor and Earlsfort Terrace University College Dublin; how coalescence of Gerard Manly Hopkins and La Messe Sur Le Monde influenced John’s poetry.

John F Deane Part 3 - Achill Oral Histories
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PART 4: On Keem Beach; perilous episode on the Cathedral Cliffs; as a secondary school teacher, Dublin; first published poem; working with The Chieftans; 'F' in John F Deane; enduring influence of Achill on John's poetry. 

John F Deane Part 4 - Achill Oral Histories
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PART 5: John F Deane reads his poem "Slievemore - The Abandoned Villages" for Achill Oral Histories

Slievemore-The Abandoned Village Read By John F Deane - Achill Oral Histories
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To read Parts 1 -4 of John F Dean's interview transcript, click here. 

 

To read a Part 5 of John F Deane's'interview transcript including the poem' Slievemore - The Abandoned Village', click here.