Remembering Patrick Kavanagh

Monaghan Association – Dublin, presents:

Remembering Patrick Kavanagh – 2015
A celebration of his life & times

Buswells Hotel, Dublin, Tuesday, 20th October, 2015.

1.  Bruce Arnold became Editor of The Dubliner, a literary magazine, in March 1962, succeeding Donal Carroll who had edited the first issue. A greater emphasis on Irish writing was reflected in Frank O’Connor’s speech on Censorship given in Trinity College on Feb. 14th , 1962 which was published in its entirety. There was a short piece on George Moore by Padraic Colum. As Editor Bruce tried to persuade Kavanagh to allow him publish some poems but he declined the offer. He published Seamus Heaney’s ‘Poor Man’s Death’ and poems by Derek Mahon, Padraic Colum and Ian Blake.
As a resident of Wilton Place Bruce became familiar with the Poet as he wandered round Baggot St.

2. In 1987 [20 years after Patrick Kavanagh’s death] Professor Gus Martin interviewed Dr Peter    Kavanagh, brother of Patrick. The resulting 27 minute film, produced by Tom McArdle for RTE, explored the relationship between both brothers. No one was closer to Patrick than Peter whom Patrick described as “the sacred keeper of his sacred conscience”. Peter once wrote that he did not worship Patrick but worshipped what he wrote, and only then when “I sensed that it was inspired, had the flash of the beatific vision”.
The film gives us a unique insight into the world of Patrick Kavanagh.

3. “O commemorate me where there is water”, Patrick Kavanagh wrote in one of his loveliest sonnets.   Since his death in 1967 there have been numerous commemorative memorials dedicated to his memory. They include two seats on the banks of his beloved Grand Canal at Baggot Street Bridge and numerous plaques in Dublin, his adopted city and in Monaghan where he was born.
Peter McDonnell will discuss these in an illustrated presentation.

Programme 2015:  Tuesday, 20th October, 2015

  1. “Kavanagh on the Banks of the Grand Canal”
            A personal recollection of a Great Poet
    By : Bruce Arnold
    Writer, journalist and critic on art, theatre, music and politics
  2. “Brother Commemorate Me”
             Peter Kavanagh in conversation with Gus Martin
    Produced by Tom McArdle
  3. Patrick Kavanagh Remembered
    By: Peter McDonnell
    Chairman, Monaghan Association, Dublin


Venue:                  Buswells Hotel, Molesworth St. Dublin 2
Date & Time:       Tuesday, 20th October, 2015 @ 8 pm
Admission:          €10    [ pay at door ]

Further information from Peter McDonnell [Mobile 087 617 5478]



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