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

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Centre is closed from 15th December 2017 -
Re-opening on Tuesday 20th March 2018

Tuesday – Friday: 11am - 4.30pm.

Sunday: 3pm – 5.30pm (UNTIL 30TH SEPTEMBER).

Tours can be arranged at anytime by prior appointment

For information and booking phone 042 937 8560

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