Jean Montgomery

Works

Life
1919-48; b. Belfast; became superintendent of kitchens (i.e., chief catering officer) at TCD; her works incl. That Men May Eat (1939), a novel, and We Saints and Scholars (1943), stories and sketches; a plaque to her was destroyed during student demonstrations [var. a fire] in TCD Dining Hall in the 1980s and has been reinstated. IF2

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Works
That Men May Eat (Belfast: Quota 1939), 292pp.; We Saints and Scholars (London: Heath Cranton 1943), 136pp.

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References
Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction [Pt II] (Cork: Royal Carbery 1985), lists novels, That Men May Eat (Belfast: Quota 1939), 292pp. [Ginnett Ayetoun, b. Antrim, loves Ulster Volunteer, who goes to the bad in the war; she becomes superintendent in Dublin club; poss. autobiographical]; We Saints and Scholars (London: Heath Cranton 1943), 136pp. [twelve stories and sketches set in time of war, from liberal loyalist standpoint; incl. ‘Irish Stew’; ‘The Home Guard’; ‘The College Neophyte’; ‘Kitchener’ [a terrier pup]; ‘Christmas Eve’ [Butler fills stockings for the servants]; ‘The Excursion Train’ [to Belfast]; ‘A Hunting We Will Go’ [love surmounts class barriers].

Hyland Catalogue (1995) lists That Men May Eat (Belfast 1939).

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