Kerry poet and philosopher John Moriarty dies, aged 69

Kerry poet and philosopher John Moriarty has died aged 69 after a battle with cancer.

Mr Moriarty had eight books published in 13 years, the first of which, 'Dreamtime' was released in 1994.

Moriarty was born in north Kerry in 1938 and was educated in Listowel.

He went on to study at UCD and he taught English literature at Manitoba University in Canada.

He dropped out of academia for a time and returned to Ireland where he worked as a gardener but later returned to lecturing and also worked in broadcasting.

He went back to live Kerry and set up home at the foot of Mangerton Mountain near Killarney, where he was campaigning to build a hedge school and retreat centre.

'Dreamtime' was published in 1994 and he hosted the RTÉ series 'The Blackbird and the Bell' in 1997. His most recent offering, 'Nostros', was published in 2001

John Moriarty suffered three types of cancers, which were diagnosed early in 2006.

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