The Man, The Medievalist, The Connoisseur

Brian O'Connell
John Hunt

A biography of the remarkable life of John Hunt, one of the world’s greatest medievalists, brings together a host of information about one of the most remarkable figures in the 20th century art scene.

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336 pages
234x156 mm

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Category Art, Biography/Memoir
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The book tells for the first time the remarkable life story of John Hunt, one of the world’s greatest medievalists and someone whose legacy to Ireland lives on today with most of the major cultural attractions in the Shannon region including Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and the Hunt Museum, owing their existence to either his initiative or generosity. Details of his family background are also provided which differ greatly from those previously published.

This biography brings together a host of information about one of the most remarkable figures in the 20th century art scene, who collected treasures can be found in some of the world’s major museums.

Brian O’Connell is a former chairman of Shannon Heritage, the State company which operates a network of cultural tourism venues, such as Bunratty Castle, in Counties Limerick and Clare. In that role, and as a member of the Hunt Museums Trust, he had the opportunity to observe the economic and cultural legacy that John Hunt left to the region. He has spent years travelling world-wide researching the life of Hunt and his impact internationally on the art world.

He initiated the publication in 2004 of an oral archive on regional development pioneer, Brendan O’Regan. He is the co-author of  ‘In Bello Fortis’, a biography of  Tipperary man General Sir William Parker Carrol, published in Spanish by Fundacion Gustavo Bueno, Oviedo, May 2009.

this book is clearly a labour of love

Irish Times

a balanced, credible and well-documented account

Irish Times

beautfiully written

Limerick Leader


Clare Champion


Books Ireland

an affectionate biography which captures the spirit of the man

Books Ireland

very well-illustrated and decorated in a curious style

Books Ireland


Irish Arts Review

lavishly illustrated

Irish Independent

The O’Brien Press has pulled out all the stops in a richly illustrated and beautifully designed volume

The Sunday Times

a fascinating tale

The Sunday Times

well researched

Limerick Leader

not only … of interest to the arts specialist but also to the general reader

Limerick Leader
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