08 Dec 2021

Opening the Window on 20 years

“A great man that, Sweeney,

“A great man that, Sweeney,

Between two places,

Between two countries, between two minds,

Looking at himself in a water mirror,

By the lakeside, on the river bank.

And he all delighted with himself.”

An extract from ‘Sweeney Under A Full Moon’ by Noel Monahan.

When Granard man, Noel Monahan, puts his heart and soul into a task, he delivers. This is especially true of Windows Publications, a publisher founded 20 years ago to provide a platform for established and emerging writers. It was successfully established by Noel Monahan and his colleagues, Heather Brett and Simion D.

Supported by Longford, Cavan and Monaghan County Council, Windows Publications has recently released an anthology titled, ‘Windows 20 Years’. In describing the publication, Noel and his colleague Heather Brett write: “Surrender to its currents of thoughts. Fall under its spell.”

“To reach 20 years is an achievement. While we have published established writers over the years, we have also supported emerging talent too,” said Noel, speaking to the Leader from his home in Cavan.

He added: “This year our publication features three other Longford writers, namely Margaret Nohilly (Lanesboro), Kieran Furey (Curraghroe, ) and Mary Melvin Geoghegan ( Longford).”

Incorporating artists and authors from across the country, ‘Windows 20 Years’ provides an insight into Irish literature today. Paintings are published alongside short stores and remarkable pieces of poetry.

Noel himself has five collections of poetry all published by Salmon, Ireland - Opposite Walls,1991, Snowfire, 1995, Curse of The Birds, 2000, The Funeral Game,2004 and Curve of the Moon. His poetry has been translated into Italian, Romanian, French and Russian and he has read his work and given workshops at numerous summer schools and festivals throughout Longford and Ireland. He is also the recipient of many prestigious literary awards.

Having been involved in a number of workshops in Longford, Noel is currently working on a sixth collection of new poems, alongside two plays, all of which he hopes to complete this coming year.

“I’m looking forward to the year ahead and to giving more workshops in Longford in the future, I hope,” said Noel.

‘Windows 20 Years’ is available in Easons in Cavan. The publishers hope to distribute it to outlets nationwide in the near future.

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