Friday 27th September 2019.
7.00pm: Reception & Entertainment
Welcome and formal opening of the weekend? Oliver Callan,President Patrick Kavanagh Society.
8.00pm: Opening Address:
‘Baggot Street Days’
John Banville: Introduced by Brian Lynch
9.00pm: Annual Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Awards 2019 in association with the Patrick Kavanagh Society. Presided over by adjudicator Brian Lynch.
Sponsored by Grant Thornton
10.00pm: An evening of contemporary-folk songs with singer songwriter Briege Murphy.
Recipient of a” Keeper of the Tradition” award, Briege’s self-penned contemporary-folk songs portray a distinct sense of place, many finding their roots in our native traditional Irish music.
Saturday 28th September 2019
9.15am: Conducted walking tour of Patrick Kavanagh Literary Trail in Carrickmacross with Larry McDermott.
Assembly: The Valley Lodge – opposite St. Joseph’s Church.
11.00am: Poetry Readings by the winners of the 2019 Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award.
12.00pm: The Circularity of Things: Thoughts on the Writing Process.
2.30pm: The Power of Patrick Kavanagh’s Poetry – Spoken
Marie Louise O’Donnell.
3.30pm An Illustrated Review of the Women in Patrick Kavanagh’s Life.
Dr. Una Agnew.
6.000pm: Commemorative Mass for Patrick Kavanagh and deceased family. Celebrant: Fr. Martin Treanor, P.P. Homilist: Fr. Conor McDonough, OP.
8.30pm: On Raglan Road” – Patrick Kavanagh and Irish Folk Song.
A lecture/performance by singer and ethnomusicologist Seán Corcoran with musical interludes by virtuoso flautist Brian Dunning.
Sunday 29th September 2019
10.00am: Bus Tour – visiting sites of local and historic interest with Art Agnew.
2.00pm: Annual Graveside Commemoration.
2.30pm: ‘The light behind the written word’
3.40pm: ‘ Poetry is the breath of young life and the cry of elemental beings’ From The Green Fool by Patrick Kavanagh.
Annual Schools Poetry Awards. Presided over by adjudicator Noel Monahan. Readings by the winners from their work.
Sponsored by Patrick Kavanagh Cousins Nancy J. O’Keefe-Rostkowski and Tom E. Moran-Rostkowski and Ceil Dooley-Robinson.