Patrick Kavanagh Day – Illustrated Talks, Poetry, Live music, Song & Story hosted by PKWA
Galway Mechanics Institute – Saturday 16th July
Order of Events:
Brief Music intro – Traditional tunes by Íde Ní Fhaolain
MC Introduction – Brief outline and history of these Literary events, now in their 8th Year, from Kavanagh Assoc. member
‘Ode to Kavanagh’ Margaret Dowling, – poem with music accompaniment by Caroline Dowling
‘Early School days of Patrick Kavanagh’ a dramatization by Margaret Martin
Topical Satirical poems by poet Kevin Higgins
‘Tarry Flynn’ poem followed by Trad tune ‘Young May Moon’ – Íde Ní Fhaolain
‘Patrick Kavanagh’s ‘Great Hunger’- a vision of Tragedy’ , keynote address by Prof Michael Howlett, Waterford
Brief Q & A
8:30pm – 20min. Interval
(1) Kavanagh Weekend, Inniskeen Tickets x2
(2) Galway Bay Hotel Dinner x2
(3) Huntsman Inn meal Voucher
(4) Charlie Byrnes Bookshop voucher
Trad Tunes – Traditional tunes by Íde Ní Fhaolain
‘Connecting Seamus Heaney & Patrick Kavanagh’, Talk by Dr Des Kavanagh, Galway
If Ever You Go to Dublin Town – poem recited by Eamon Shevlin
‘A Drop of Paddy’ Short talk by Brian Dooley, Inniskeen
Musician and storyteller from Kavanagh country, Brian has been a great mentor to the Patrick Kavanagh Western Assoc. The theme of his contribution this year is ‘A Drop of Paddy’, bringing Kavanagh to life through poetry and story.
Memory of my Mother – poem recited by Ger Considine followed by Last Rose of Summer — Íde Ní Fhaolain
Analysis of Raglan Road & Kavanagh poem of choice by poet Mary O‘Malley
Audience readings & Q & A
We will have reading materials available to allow audience-members participate with brief readings of their favourite Kavanagh piece.
Raglan Road – sung by Eamon Shevlin accompanied by Íde Ní Fhaolain
Music, Songs in Mechanics Bar from 10:30pm from Kavanagh-country
The Patrick Kavanagh Western Assoc would like to thank the following who helped to make this event a success:
Prof Michael Howlett holds primary degrees in both Science and Theology. He was awarded a doctorate in Theology by the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy for research into the anthropological dimension of the writings of the Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh in 1991, and a PhD in English by the NUI (UCD) for research into the religious dimension of James Joyce’s writings in 1998. A theology lecturer for over thirty five years, he has published in Irish and European Theological journals. His publications include The Human Condition in the Writings of Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967). The Wild Laugh: The Human being God’s Risk in Patrick Kavanagh. In preparation for publication by Mellon Press, Dublin, circa 200pp. (planned publication date June 2017). ‘Patrick Kavanagh’s “The Great Hunger” – A Vision of Tragedy’. He is currently employed as Head of Department of Applied Arts at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), where he also lectures in Theology and Religious Studies. He is currently president of the Irish section of the European Society of Catholic Society, representing Ireland on the European committee. He is a member of the SpIRE committee, a member of the Social Justice Ireland board and a member of its Academic Advisory. He was awarded the title Professor in January 2014.
Dr Des Kavanagh is a native of the Innishowen Peninsula in Donegal but has spent much of his adult life in Galway, where he has worked as a dentist. He enjoyed a very close friendship with Seamus Heaney since boyhood. He makes no claim to be an English academic but the close relationship with Heaney enabled him to have insights into some of the great man’s thought process and anecdotes. “Human Chain”, Seamus’s final collection was co-dedicated to Des and his wife Mary.
Mary O’Malley was born in Connemara. She spent many years living in Portugal and taught at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon. On returning to Ireland in the late 1980s, she served on the council of Poetry Ireland and was on the Committee of Cuirt Festival for eight years. She held the Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2013 She has published seven books of poetry and won the 2016 Arts Council University of Limerick Writer’s Fellowship award for her poetry.
Kevin Higgins is co-organiser of Over the Edge literary events in Galway. From 2005 -2016, he has published five collections of poems. His poems feature in Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Bloodaxe, 2014). Kevin is satirist-in-residence with the alternative literature website The
Bogman’s Cannon. The Stinging Fly magazine recently described Kevin as “likely the most
widely read living poet in Ireland”.
Margaret Martin has acted in and directed plays around the West of Ireland and until recently ran her own Speech and Drama school. She is a Public Speaking and debating coach. She was recently nominated for Best Lead Actress in the short film, ‘The Organist’ at the London Film Festival She lived at Main Street, Carrickmacross for 20 years.
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