The lofty achievements of John Montague are, and will remain, a constant source of inspiration and pride to poets and writers everywhere and nowhere more so than here in Tyrone. This was one of our own. As he said himself;- "..The truth was that Tyrone had not known a professional poet since the days of the O’Neills, and through my long literary apprenticeship I was harnessing an artesian energy from many silent centuries..." He was a man of many places - Brooklyn, Paris, Nice, West Cork yet now finally returns to Garbh acaidh (Gavaghey) the 'rough field' of his childhood. I still vividly remember reading “The Trout” from A Chosen Light 1967 and the line; "..To this day I can / Taste his terror on my hands.."
John Montague always had a twinkle in his eye and that certain unpredictability of what words would come out of him next. That genuine directness and honesty will continue to shine from his work down all the years to come. He is badly missed.
For those interested in learning more about Garvaghy the place and the bordering townlands: Altcloghfin to the east, Brackagh to the west, Errigal to the east, Gort to the east, Kilnaheery to the west, Rarogan to the south, Shantavny Irish to the east, Shantavny Scotch to the east, Tullanafoile to the west, Tycanny to the west
Che Guevara Once again... October 9 2016 marks 49 years since the fall in combat of Ernesto Che Guevara, freedom fighter and legendary guerilla born: June 14, 1928, Rosario, Argentina. His father Ernest Guevara Lynch said "The first thing to note is that in my son's veins flowed the blood of the Irish rebels", he said in a 1969 interview. He went on: "Che inherited some of the features of our restless ancestors. There was something in his nature which drew him to distant wandering, dangerous adventures and new ideas". As an Irishman I must again reiterate my immense pride in the fact that Che Guevara has family connections with Ireland.
The ongoing case of Palestinian poet, Ashraf Fayadh, who is currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. The latest in a series of trials and results has seen the sentence commuted from beheading to eight years imprisonment with 800 lashes for ‘apostasy’. The charges include “spreading atheism” and insulting “the divine self”.
Ashraf Fayadh, a poet currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia.
On Thursday 23/06/2016 at the United Nations, the International Humanist and Ethical Union’s (IHEU) director of advocacy, Elizabeth O’Casey, read out a poem that is banned in Saudi Arabia on the grounds of ‘apostasy.’ The poem was delivered in front of the delegation from Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Human Rights Council. Read the full story on:- http://iheu.org/iheu-reads-poem-banned-in-saudi-for-apostasy-to-delegates-at-un/