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Tapestry at 25: Irish poet John O'Donohue

It might be the single-most requested interview we’ve ever broadcast. In this conversation from 2004, John O’Donohue shares his poetry and soulful wisdom about what it means to live a good life and die a good death.

The legendary Irish poet on what it means to live a good life and die a good death

One of our most highly-requested interviews, Irish legend John O’Donohue shares his poetry and soulful wisdom about what it means to live a good life and die a good death. (johnodonohue.com)
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Originally broadcast in November 2004

Produced by Susan Mahoney and Marieke Meyer

The Irish poet is in a league of his own here at Tapestry - he stars in the single most requested episode we've ever broadcast. 

O'Donohue, an ex-priest, was also a beautiful writer, and a wildly eloquent partner in conversation. He used to say the west of Ireland shaped him as much as anything else ever did, and so much of his writing sprang from his beloved landscape in County Clare, The Burren. 

In this conversation, O'Donohue shares his poetry and soulful wisdom about what it means to live a good life and die a good death.

John O'Donohue died in his sleep in 2008; he was 52 years old.