article that stirred up the battle of the Summer Schools in August 2000
Defence of the GM Hopkins Summer School
Schools and GM Hopkins controversy sweeps the country
School Artistic Director has the last word
Sculptor, playwright, poet.
'the best . . '
Browse our PRESS ROOM. Read cuttings and
press comment about HOPKINS 2000, about Summer Schools in Ireland, and
about the Irish Sculptor, James McKenna.
The GM HOPKINS Newsletter
Spring 2000, Editor: Ann Edghill Issue
Summer School 1999 - American Ambassador opens
of the Hopkins Lane, Hopkins Day at NUI Maynooth. Read a Russian visitor's
view of the Summer School, also views of other visitors. In Autumn `99,
the Hopkins Society joined with the James Joyce Centre in Dublin to host
Swedish pianist, Hans Palsson in the National Concert Hall, conferring
of an honorary doctorate on Hugh Kenner, loyal friend of the School,
all this - and more
2000 - and Summer Schools in General
By Louise Holden, The Sunday Tribune, Sunday,
25 June, 2000
years of the Hopkins Festival in Monasterevin, Co Kildare, has brought
to maturity one of Europe's most exciting cultural forums. Each
year, the number of Irish people attending grows, as does the cohort
of overseas visitors, . . .
this lively preview of Hopkins 2000 and other Irish Summer Schools
By The Nationalist, July 28, 2000
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.
why HOPKINS 2000 was the best festival yet
celebrates being a cultural capital
By James Healy, The Leinster
Leader, Thursday 3 August 2000
seven days the town became the capital of the cultural world as
delegates from 23 countries gathered to celebrate the genius of
poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.
the full account
was HOPKINS 2000
work among bigBy
James Healy, The Leinster Leader, Thursday 3 August 2000
year's Hopkins Summer school had as one of its main talking points
a huge McKenna sculpture displayed outside the front door of the
assembly building. The work showed a larger than life horse and
ride and was titled Oisin Caught In A Time Warp.
out more about Oisin in a Time Warp
becomes a Network of the Friendliest, most talented regulars
By James Healy, The Leinster Leader, Thursday 3 August
the most outstanding feature of the International Summer School
at Monasterevin are the regulars. By regulars I mean the enthusiasts
an poets who arrive year in year out and bring with them a friendliness
and informality that makes each gathering very special.
about the HOPKINS regulars, enthusiasts
2000, when the Battle of the Summer Schools gripped the country
Schools and Scholars in Pubs
By Brian Maye, An Irish man's Diary, The Irish
Times, August 28, 2000
Where would we be without the summer schools? Yeats, Merriman, Humbert,
McGill, Parnell, Hewitt, Hopkins, Goldsmith, Greaves - does anyone
know how many there are in total? What would the newspapers do if
they couldn't fill columns with summaries of the lectures given
the article that sparked controversy in Summer 2000
`Mr. Maye's reasoning would of course
close not only all summer schools but most universities as well
. . .
By Desmond Egan, letter, The Irish Times, October 6, 2000.
Mr. Maye right? Get the full picture here. A tongue-in-cheek reply
to Mr. Maye's 'disparagement of Irish Summer Schools !
what YOU think
Word in defence of G.M. Hopkins
By Brendan Glacken, Irish Times October
. . . This
is not to run down poor Ger Hopkins or his poetry. Many a man might
catch the morning morning's minion and not have the guts to admit
it. Most of us get fed up with sinner's ways prospering. It is just
that the poetry of Hopkins doesn't appeal to everyone. . .
arguments are all set out clearly
Festival Embroiled in Controversy
By JAMES HEALY The Leader, Thursday 12 October 2000
world famous poetry festival is at the centre of a controversy this
week in the national press. The disagreement is perhaps more a clash
of ideas than a controversy but it has provoke strong feeling on
thoughts on the poets, Summer Schools and GM Hopkins controversy
sweeping through the country
Battle of the Summer Schools Rages On
By Brian Maye, The Irish Times, October 16, 2000
Egan misrepresented what I wrote . . . I like Hopkins's poetry .
Decide for yourself. This is not to run down poor Ger Hopkins or
his poetry. Many a man might catch the morning morning's minion
and not have the guts to admit it. Most of us get fed up with sinner's
ways prospering. It is just that the poetry of Hopkins doesn't appeal
can read the full letter here.
last word on this battle of the Summer Schools
Egan, Artistic Director of The GM Hopkins Summer School.
` Timing - as Mr Glacken well knows - is all-important: in poetry,
as in life'.
this light hearted reply and see what you think!
2000 SAW THE DEATH of JAMES McKENNA, CREATOR of the HOPKINS MONUMENT
of Sculptor James McKenna
By Aidan Dunne, Art Critic, The Irish Times,
October 11, 2000
sculptor, playwright and poet, James McKenna, has died at his home
in Kildare. He was 67. One of the foremost Irish figurative sculptors
of the 20th century, he is best known for . . .
the full report
McKenna,Sculptor, playwright and poet with a total commitment to
By Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, October
James McKenna, who died 3, on October 10th aged 67, was a genuine
Renaissance man. A highly regarded sculptor, he was also a noted
playwright, poet and occasional polemicist,
critical assessment of James McKenna,
of one of Ireland's best artists
By Elaine Murphy, The Nationalist, Friday,
October 20, 2000
An account of the life and death of James McKenna, sculptor, who
died on October 10, 2000
also the Hopkins Tribute to McKenna