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