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Death of Tyrone poet in France

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

A RENOWNED Tyrone poet has died at the weekend.

John Montague, aged 87, died on Saturday in Nice, France where he lived after reportedly undergoing major surgery. It is expected that he will be buried in Tyrone.

Born in New York in 1929, he was sent to live with relatives in Garvaghey, Co Tyrone as a young child. Educated in Armagh and Dublin, he returned to the USA to write and study, teaching at Berkeley University in California in the late 1960s.

He published numerous collections of poetry and prose. His 1972 collection, "The Rough Field", whose poems focused on Northern Ireland, is regarded as a classic.

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