John McGahern was recently revered by the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (the former Irish Prime Minister) as Ireland's greatest writer when he officially opened the John Mc Gahern library here in Lough Rynn Castle Hotel on the 9th November 2006. The film 'Amongst Friends' which beautifully captures the mood and sentiment of the day, is available to view by clicking on the link below.
John McGahern was born in County Leitrim. He became a primary school teacher and then a full-time writer. He is now recognised as one of Ireland’s finest writers of fiction. Amongst his most celebrated works are The Barracks and his latest novel, Amongst Women. His works are currently on display in the John MaGahern Libary in Lough Rynn Castle.