11th March – The Western Association Galway – ‘O Commemorate me in 50’. Homage to Patrick Kavanagh in Music, Song & Poetry at the Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane. Devised by Ger Considine.
6th July – ‘Raising Hearts not Eyebrows’ – a dramatic monologue on Patrick Kavanagh’s early life. Performed in Lisburn and Leighlin Bridge on 23rd October by Art Agnew.
29th Sept – 1st Oct – Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend – Celebrating Kavanagh’s 50th Anniversary and legacy.
30th September – ‘The Great Hunger’ by Patrick Kavanagh performed by The Lyric Theatre Belfast in Bellaghy as part of a cross border collaboration project with the Patrick Kavanagh Centre and The Seamus Heaney HomePlace to mark Patrick Kavanagh’s 50th anniversary. Supported by The Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht.
30th September – Launch of ‘Love’s Doorway to Life: An Alternative Biography of Patrick Kavanagh’ –in a three CD collection scripted and narrated by
Una Agnew and Art Agnew, produced by Éist Recording Services, Dublin.
1st October – Poetry Workshop directed by Noel Monahan, poet.
1st & 7th October – ‘Divergence & Convergence’ – From Shancoduff to Mossbawn. A lecture on Seamus Heaney and Patrick Kavanagh by Dr. Una Agnew delivered in Inniskeen and Bellaghy.
24th October Remembering Patrick Kavanagh – Monaghan Association Dublin in Buswells Hotel organised by Peter McDonnell.
1st November – Kavanagh remembered at the ‘Mexican Day of the Dead’ at the Spanish Cultural Institute, Lincoln Place, Dublin. Organised by the Mexican Embassy.
4th November RTE Poetry Programme talks to Noel Monahan and Enda Wyley.
10th November – UCD Exhibition of PK’s Archive material. Curated by Dr. Lucy Collins.
10th November – Remembering the Brave – Kavanagh & Ledwidge – at Haddington Road Church.
17th November ‘A Drop of Paddy’ stories of Patrick Kavanagh told by Brian Dooley at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith.
19th November – John Bowman on Sunday RTE Radio Part 1
19th November – ‘Miriam Meets’. Una Agnew, Art Agnew, Katherine Lynch and Eleanor McEvoy on RTE Radio 1 with Miriam O’Callaghan.
23rd November – Kavanagh Memorial Lecture by Paul Durcan at the Institute of Education, Leeson Street, Dublin.
24th November – Flynn the Musical at the Peacock Theatre. Produced and directed by Joseph O’Connor.
Sunday 26th November ‘‘The Green Fool – Did the World Overlook Patrick Kavanagh?” A documentary by Noel Murphy. Broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm.
26th November John Bowman on Sunday RTE Radio 1, Part 2.
Monday 27th Nationwide RTE at 7pm with Oliver Callan, Journalist and Satirist.
30th November: Special Graveside Commemoration, Inniskeen. Paddy Martin, local piper welcomed the large gathering with several airs including ‘The Dawning of the Day’, ‘The Dark Island’ and ‘Over the Sea to Skye’. Art Agnew, Chairman of the Patrick Kavanagh Centre asked that the poems from the nine readers would be received in silence in deference to the sacred place where so many people were resting in peace.
Writers and Poets read from Patrick Kavanagh’s work: John McArdle, Caitriona Ni Chleircin, Eugene McCabe, Pat McCabe, Evelyn Conlon, Mary O’Donnell, Tommy McArdle, Theo Dorgan, and Brian Lynch. Andrew Quinn, nephew of Patrick Kavanagh laid the wreath as Tiarnan O’Duinchinn played “Mal Bhan Ui Chuileanain”, a piece collected by Monaghan man, Einri O Muirgheasa.
The gathering then moved to the Community Centre where food was laid on by Conlon’s Food Hall. Larry McDermott then formally thanked all those who joined in the commemoration. He thanked Brian Lynch past President of the Kavanagh Society for his work over the years. He then welcomed Oliver Callan, the new President. Members of the wider Kavanagh family who were present included Andrew Quinn, Fr. John Quinn, Maureen and Katherine Lynch, Paddy Quinn, Thomas Quinn and his son from Newbridge.
In the Kavanagh Centre, Larry McDermott, Chairman of the Patrick Kavanagh Society welcomed a packed Centre and introduced the speakers. The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D., was unavoidably absent because of Government affairs. She phoned the Centre earlier in the morning to send her apology and wished the commemoration a success. Cathy Bennett, Chairperson of Monaghan Co. Council, Eamonn O’Sullivan, C.E.O Monaghan. Fiona Jane Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs in Scotland. The speakers finished with a haunting rendering of ‘Raglan Road’ from Ben Reel, vocals and acoustic guitar.
He remembered stalwart members from the past, particularly, Gene Carroll and thanked all those who made the event a success; Rosaleen Kearney, administrator at the Centre, Elmar Marron, Margaret Lynch, Joe Callan and Paddy Dowdall were tireless for the week before hand and on the day.
The afternoon in the Community Centre ended with an impromptu concert led by Brian Dooley
who was able to call on Pat McGeeney, Tony O’Callaghan and Michael McCluskey.
Brian himself, read a poem that Martin Green, the London publisher,
wrote for Patrick Kavanagh’s funeral in 1967. Brian also read a tribute poem
written by Terence O’Gorman, a great Kavanagh enthusiast, sadly deceased.
We must mention three members of Monaghan Co. Council in particular who oiled the wheels for the occasion to smoothly – Somhairle MacConghail, Arts Officer, Dympna Condra, Tourism Officer and Therese McKenna, Arts office.
30th November: ‘Kavanagh Anniversary 30th November’ in Trinity College. Organised by the Trustees of the Estate of Katherine Kavanagh in association with the School of English and Poetry Ireland.
2nd December – (Repeat) ”The Green Fool – Did the World Overlook Patrick Kavanagh?’ A documentary by Noel Murphy. Broadcast on Newstalk 106-108fm.
‘The Living Flame’ a one day symposium led by Dr. Una Agnew in the Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester. Dr. Brendan Mitchell and Art Agnew also took part.
BBC Radio 3: Sunday Feature:
Patrick Kavanagh: ‘The inexhaustible Adventure of a Gravelled Yard’
Celebrating the life and work of the great Monaghan poet 50 years after his death.
Sunday 18th February 2018 at 6.45pm.
Presenter: Poet, Theo Dorgan and Producer Julian May wander the streets of Dublin and the lanes of Monaghan tracing his life and significance.
Reader: Jim Norton.
The Japan-Ireland Society published a report of Patrick Kavanagh’s 50th Anniversary by Hitomi Nakamura, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University in their February 2018 Newsletter. The Society have a 250 membership.
Hitomi visited the Patrick Kavanagh Centre on three occasions some years ago while writing her Thesis.