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Eileen Sheehan, poet, teacher

Though set for the most part in her native Kerry, Sheehan’s poetry is far more universal than provincial. Much has been made by critics of her word-craft: its earthy rhythms, its careful cadences, the evocative lyricality with which she explores the ancient and undying themes of love, family, domesticity, nature, death and myth. Yet her poetic compass frequently leads her beyond this well-trod ground, toward situations uncannily familiar or curiously surreal. Such moments are captured with consistently surprising metaphor in work that possesses a delightfully magnetic and multi-layered simplicity.

Eileen Sheehan was born in Scartaglin, in the Sliabh Luachra area of Co.Kerry in 1963, and has lived for most of her life in the nearby lake-side town of Killarney. A well-esteemed and much-loved poet, especially in her home province of Munster, Sheehan has won both the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Slam in 2004 and the coveted Brendan Kennelly Poetry Award in 2006. She has been published in several high-profile anthologies and has been invited to read her work at many festivals and events both in Ireland and around the world. Her first collection, Song of the Midnight Fox, was published by Doghouse Books in 2004, as was her most recent, Down the Sunlit Hall, in 2008. Both collections met with critical acclaim and a third, The Narrow Place of Souls, is forthcoming.

 

Extract from: poetryinternationalweb (18 July 2013)

http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/23096/30/Eileen-Sheehan

http://www.doghousebooks.ie/doghouse/publications/publication.php?publication=midnight-fox

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John Sheehan: Russian teacher meant world to his students

John Sheehan: Russian teacher meant world to his students

For three decades, the dozens of students who entered John Sheehan’s classroom at Winter Park High School every school day got a taste of the world beyond Central Florida.

With his thick moustache, deep voice and larger-than-life persona, Sheehan ushered several generations of students through Russian grammar and syntax — and more.

“He not only taught the language, he taught the history of the Soviet Union,” said Brett Wellman, a former student who remained close to Sheehan. “It was very well-rounded.”

The Russian Club he founded was one of the school’s most popular extracurricular activities.

Sheehan, known to his charges as Dyadya Vanya (“Uncle John”) took students to visit the Soviet Union even during the Cold War, allowing them the chance to use their fledgeling Russian language skills and to learn something about the real lives of the country’s people. He also encouraged Central Florida families to serve as host homes for foreign students with the hope of fostering cultural exchange.

Sheehan, 71, died of lung cancer Saturday.

extract from orlandosentinel.com (21st June 2012)

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-06-21/news/os-obituary-john-sheehan-20120621_1_john-sheehan-russian-teacher-students