I wish to pay tribute to the life and work of the poet and playwright Tom McIntyre.
Tom was a noted athlete in his youth, playing for Cavan as a goal keeper.
I first encountered him when he taught me English and History in Clongowes.
He opened my mind to a new view of the world. He was unconventional, irreverent and also a very kind person, whose personality inspired many of his students to explore the world of poetry.
I attended some years ago when he was honoured by Cavan County Council.
He was very proud of Cavan and returned to live there.