John Naughton has a remarkable account of John McGahern's funeral.
John McGahern who is said to be the most important Irish novelist since Samuel Beckett died on March 30, 2006.
Although he originally had wanted to become a priest his urge to write was stronger. He wrote: “Instead of being a priest of God I would be a god of a small vivid world.”
So far, I've only read The Barracks, a marvellously written piece of contrasting warm and chilly aspects both of the landscape and the people.
Read: Remembering John McGahern, by Bob Minzesheimer who took a course on Irish literature taught by McGahern.
Wikipedia on McGahern
Obituary in the Guardian by Richard Pine