You’ve got to take your hat off to Niall Mac­mona­gle

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Ein­stein once said that it is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in cre­ative ex­pres­sion.

Niall Mac­mona­gle, the Sun­day In­de­pen­dent’s es­teemed art guru and one­time teacher, cer­tainly did that with his most fa­mous pupil — the one and only Gra­ham Nor­ton...

Nor­ton cred­ited Niall with im­bu­ing the afore­said leg­endary Cork­man, and one of the BBC’S big­gest tal­ents, with his love of writ­ing.

Now Niall is be­com­ing some­thing of a leg­end him­self. No — the BBC aren’t giv­ing him his own show.

Last week, he made a show of him­self (in a good way in a funny hat and gown) in UCD when he was hon­oured with the de­gree of doc­tor­ate of lit­er­a­ture, hon­oris causa by UCD in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing work as an ed­u­ca­tor, broad­caster and cul­tural com­men­ta­tor.

Lest we for­get, Niall, who taught for 30 years in Wes­ley Col­lege, de­vel­oped the Life­lines Project: Let­ters From Fa­mous Peo­ple About Their Favourite Poems in the mid 1980s (a project which raised sig­nif­i­cant funds for char­ity).

He’s also edited school po­etry text­books an­nu­ally since 2002 and pub­lished many po­etry an­tholo­gies, in­clud­ing the ac­claimed Wind­harp ded­i­cated to poems com­mem­o­rat­ing 1916.

And, of course, Niall writes the much loved What Lies Be­neath art col­umn in Liv­ing ev­ery Sun­day in the Sindo.

Arty con­grat­u­la­tions... the Sindo’s Niall Mac­mona­gle

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