John McGahern was an award winning writer who was a native of Ireland. Regarded as one of the country’s most eminent writers he is best known for novels such as ‘The Barracks’, ‘The Dark’ and ‘Amongst Women’. McGahern also produced short stories and plays for radio, television, and the stage.
John McGahern was born near Ballinamore, Co Leitrim in 1934. Having qualified as teacher he was appointed to the staff of a primary school in Clontarf, Co Dublin. Following the publication of ‘The Dark’ in 1965 McGahern was dismissed from his teaching post on the order of John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin. McGahern went on to have a successful writing career. He also worked as a visiting professor at several universities.
John McGahern, award winning writer best known for novels such as ‘The Barracks’, ‘The Dark’ and ‘Amongst Women’, was born in Co Leitrim in the year 1934 On This Day.
Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim Locomotive Yard