John Montague was one of Ireland's leading poets and his work, which draws on that of various American masters, is recognised as being of international importance. Born in New York but reared in County Tyrone, John Montague rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s with his collections including Poisoned Lands and the long poem 'The Rough Field'. In 1998 he became the first occupant of the Ireland Chair of Poetry. The Pear Is Ripe, published by Liberties Press in 2007, confirmed his reputation as a dazzling prose writer and memoirist. In 2010, he was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, France's highest civil award. John Montague died in 2016.