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By Jane Mullins, The Nationalist, July 28, 2000

THE 13th annual Gerard Manley Hopkins festival got underway on Saturday last with an art exhibition by sculptor James McKenna.

The festival continues until the end of this week with lectures and social events going on in the town every day and evening.

Since its foundation in 1988 by Richard O'Rourke and Desmond Egan, the event has established itself as one of the best literary festivals in Ireland with writers, artists, musicians and academics coming from all over the world to take part.

"We are thrilled to have poets of the class of Rifbjerg, Matevski and Padron and the music this year is outstanding," said Mr Egan.

One of the greatest and most influential poets in the English language, Gerard Manley Hopkins spent the last five years of his life in Ireland and wrote one third of his poetry here. During that time he became a good friend of the Cassidy's, a noted brewing family who owned a mill and distillery in Monasterevin.

Hopkins loved Monasterevin and visited the town regularly, calling it "one of the props and struts of my experience". "This has been our best year yet.

The McKenna exhibition is a major highlight.

' He is our finest sculptor and his giant wooden horse sculpture will stun visitors," said Mr O'Rourke, Chairman of the GM Hopkins Society.

The theme for this year's festival is Hopkins and the Millennium and visitors can enjoy and celebrate his work through poetry readings, lectures, art exhibitions, music and dance.

Read this lively preview of Hopkins 2000 and other Irish Summer Schools here.

See why HOPKINS 2000 was the best festival yet here

Monasterevin celebrates being a cultural capital

Find out more about Oisin in a Time Warp, main talking point of HOPKINS 2000, here.

Read about the HOPKINS regulars, enthusiasts, here.

Read the article that stirred up the battle of the Summer Schools in August 2000.



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