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John Montague dies aged 87 | 12-Dec-16

Leading Northern Ireland poet John Montague has died at the age of 87. 

Born in New York, Montague moved to Garvaghey in County Tyrone when he was 4 years old. In 1998, he was made Ireland's first professor of poetry and in his later years, he moved to France, where he was made a chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.

The Irish Arts Council has described his death as a "true loss to Irish literature". It is expected his remains will be brought from Nice, where he was living, to be buried in County Tyrone.

John Montague is counted alongside Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley as one of the most important Northern Irish poets of his generation.

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