Patrick Kavanagh Weekend Programme


The Patrick Kavanagh Weekend takes place from Friday the 25th to Sunday the 27th September 2015.

This weekend includes a range of activities and talks.

All events will take place at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre unless otherwise stated. To buy tickets online click here >>

Friday 25th September 2015
7.30pm: Reception & Entertainment
Ceoltoir: Patrick Martin.

Tribute to the late Dr. Antoinette Quinn.
8.00pm: Keynote Address: ‘Patrick Kavanagh’s Literary Hinterland’.
Professor Alan Titley.
9.00pm Annual Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award organised by the Patrick Kavanagh Society. Introduction by poet and adjudicator, Brian Lynch.
10.00pm: ‘To Stay or to Leave’ A Musical Drama by Dr. Daithi Kearney.

Saturday 26th September 2015.
9.15am: Conducted walking tour of Patrick Kavanagh Literary Trail in Carrickmacross with Larry McDermott.
11.00am: ‘A genealogic Rosary for Patrick Kavanagh’: Dr. Una Agnew traces the Kavanagh background from Sligo to the Grand Canal.

11.45pm: Poetry Readings by the winners of the 2015 Poetry Award.

12.15pm: ‘Henry Morris and the Poets of Grotto Place Castle – A local literary landscape’.
Ursula McCarthy.

1.00pm: Lunch

2.00pm: “Re-thinking Home: Goldsmith, Kavanagh and Heaney as sources for a new vision”.
Dr. Fergus O’Ferrall.

3.00pm: ‘Winners of Sorrow – Patrick Kavanagh and William Cowper’. Brian Lynch talks about the influence of William Cowper (1731-1800) on Kavanagh and reads from his novel ‘The Winner of Sorrow’.

4.00pm: “From Unlegendary Heroes to April Fevers — a poetry reading with Mary O’Donnell.”

4.30pm: Book Launch and Reading of ‘A Fight for Freedom’ by its author Dr. Oliver Murphy.

7.30pm: Commemorative Mass for Patrick Kavanagh and deceased family members. Celebrant: Fr, Martin Treanor, P.P. Homilist: poet Fr. Pádraig Daly…author of his new collection “God in Winter” 2015.

8.30pm: ‘In Another Country’
Launch of Rafiq Kathwari’s recent poetry collection. (Poetry Award winner 2013).
9.00pm: ‘The Gallant John Joe’ with Tom Hickey. Written by Tom MacIntyre.
10.30pm – 11.00pm: Open Mic opportunity – favourite Kavanagh poems etc.

Sunday 27th September 2015.
10.00am: Bus tour – visiting sites of local and historic interest with Art Agnew.
12.30 pm: Lunch.
1.45 pm Annual Graveside commemoration.
2.15pm: “Patrick Kavanagh & John Jordan and their Circle: A Literary Adventure”.
Hugh McFadden

3.15 pm: “Wordfarming”
The poet, Noel Monahan will read from his own work.
3.35pm: Annual Schools Poetry Awards. Presided over by adjudicator, Noel Monahan
Readings by the winners from their work.



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Opening Hours

Patrick Kavanagh Centre


Centre closed from Friday 16th December 2016.
Re-opens Tuesday 21st March 2017
During this period Tour Groups (minimum 15) can be catered for by advance booking

Tours can be arranged at anytime by prior appointment

For information and booking phone 042 937 8560