Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend & Poetry Awards 2019.

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September 2019.

A feast of Lectures, Poetry, Music and Storytelling to celebrate the life and work of Patrick Kavanagh in the poet’s native village of Inniskeen.

Please note: Due to ongoing refurbishment at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, all events will be held in the Assembly Hall, St. Daigh’s School, Inniskeen. We regret there are no credit card facilities at the venue but tickets can be purchased by cash or alternatively by credit card at Magees, Inniskeen. The book shop will be open over the weekend.
Raglan Road Tea Room will be open for lunch and light refreshments.

See Kavanagh Weekend PDF  list of events here >>

Programme of events:

The weekend gets underway on Friday 27th September at 7.30pm with a reception and entertainment by Patrick Martin.

At 8.00pm John Banville, novelist, screenwriter and playwright will deliver the Opening Address: ‘ Baggot Street Days’. He is the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the Austrian State Prize for Literature, the Kafka Prize and the Prince of Asturias Award.

9.00pm the Annual Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Awards 2019 in association with the Patrick Kavanagh Society will take place. 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: Larry McDermott, Honorary Editor of the Clogher Record, the Journal of the Clogher Society and former President of the CHS will lead the visitors on a walking tour of the Patrick Kavanagh Literary Trail in Carrickmacross. 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: Anthony Glavin, author and former editor of ‘New Irish Writing’ and regular contributor to newspapers and radio will deliver his talk ‘The Circularity of Things: Thoughts on the Writing Process.

1.00pm Lunch.

2.30pm: Marie Louise O’Donnell, a member of Seanad Eireann who played a key role in the arts at D.C.U for over 23 years including the launch of the Helix Cultural Centre and frequent contributor to Radio and TV programmes will talk to us about The Power of Patrick Kavanagh’s Poetry – Spoken.

3.30pm: Dr. Una Agnew, Professor Emerita, at Spirituality Dept. Institute of Dublin will deliver her talk: I probably had more women who loved me than Byron’ from ‘Lover’ by Patrick Kavanagh. Some of the women in Kavanagh’s Life.
Among her areas of expertise is the spirituality of Patrick Kavanagh, published as: The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh; A Buttonhole in Heaven (the Columba Press, 1968) reissued in an expanded edition (Veritas, 2018). Also a triple audio compilation CD with her brother Art Agnew entitled: Love’s Doorway to Life: An Alternative Biography of Patrick Kavanagh, (Eist, Audio Productions, 2017.

6.00pm: Commemorative Mass for Patrick Kavanagh and deceased family. Celebrant: Fr. Martin Treanor, P.P.
Homilist: Fr. Conor McDonough, OP. A Dominican friar from Galway with roots in Mayo and Monaghan. Based in Dublin where he teaches theology at the Dominican House of Studies. He has undertaken further studies in theology at the University of Fribourg focussing on the writings of Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin.

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. Drogheda man Sean Corcoran is a leading expert in Irish folk music and has been a pioneer field-worker and collector, an internationally renowned singer and a documentary and film maker. At present he lectures on Irish M Music and Ethnomusicology at Mary 1 College, University of Limerick .Brian Dunning: During his 45 year professional career Brian Dunning has appeared on numerous releases for Windham Hill Records, Hearts of Space and as a composer and player with the contemporary Celtic band, Nightnoise. He was the recipient of the first scholarship awarded to a jazz musician by the Arts Council.

Sunday 29th September 2019

10.00am: Tour of Kavanagh Country visiting sites of local and historic interest led by Art Agnew. Art is a founder member of the Kavanagh Yearly and grandnephew of Brigid Agnew (Miss Moore in ‘The Green Fool’) who taught Kavanagh in Kednaminsha N.S.

1.00pm: Lunch.

2.00pm: Annual Graveside Commemoration.

2.30pm: John Coll will deliver his Talk: ‘The light behind the written word’. After an initial career as a marine biologist, Coll turned to sculpture as a vocation 35 years ago.
Since then he has become one of Ireland’s foremost figurative sculptors and has completed many public projects including monuments to Patrick Kavanagh, Brendan Behan, Countess Markievicz and recently, singer Luke Kelly. This year he completed the official portrait of an tUachtaran Michael D. Higgins.

3.40pm:  Annual Schools Poetry Awards. Presided over by adjudicator Noel Monahan.
‘Poetry is the breath of young life and the cry of elemental beings
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.

The adjudicator of this competition, Noel Monahan has published eight collections of poetry with Salmon Poetry. “Chalk Dust”, his recent collection, published in 2018, has been adapted for stage and will be directed by Padraic McIntyre later this year.

E-mail: Phone 087 171 0592

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday 10am-5pm

For information:
042 937 8560

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