Schools Programme


Patrick Kavanagh Centre – School Programme 2017

schoolsThis year the Patrick Kavanagh Centre is adding a new dimension to its programme for schools and colleges at all levels. The programme offers a tour of the Centre itself and the immediate countryside particular to Kavanagh, his home, school, farm and the village.

The Centre can now offer an in-depth presentation on the different poetry syllabi, where Kavanagh features, for Leaving Certificate and A levels. We have programmes for Primary, Junior and Transition year students also.

Any group which informs the Centre, in advance, of any specific area that they would like explored can be catered for.

Education Programme 2017
Your group’s itinerary is worked out with you in advance to ensure your visit is all you hope it to be.
A typical visit takes 2.5 hours, including breaks, and comprises the following:

– Guided Tour of Kavanagh Country
– Exhibition work and worksheets
– Visit to the poet’s grave

Also available at no charge to our school groups is use of our library facilities, including our video collection.

– Pre-visit material is included in your package to ensure that the students make the most of their visit to Kavanagh Country
– Lunch facilities

Primary Schools
Introduction to the world of a child through poetry.
Includes worksheets, quiz’s, teachers’ material and the unique ‘Kavanagh Treasure Trail’.
Price per Student: 3.00 Euro

Junior Certificate
Explores the life of the poet, putting it into the context of the times and circumstances in which Kavanagh found himself.
Price per Student: 5.00 Euro

Transition Year – ‘A Sense of Place’
Kavanagh relied on a strong sense of his origins to ballast the many turbulent events in his life.
The programme prompts students explore their own history and develop a “Sense of Place” for themselves.
Price per Student: 5.00 Euro

Leaving Certificate
The focus is on answering poetry questions in the Leaving Certificate exam.
Includes a comprehensive lecture, illustrated by the centre’s own Leaving Certificate preparatory notes.
Price per Student: 7.00 Euro (including notes)

For more information, please contact the Patrick Kavanagh Centre on
Tel: 042 937 8560 or email us

The Great Hunger
A performance of Patrick Kavanagh’s ‘The Great Hunger’ is also available to schools. The performance is a one man show of Kavanagh’s classic work which captures the mood, the landscape and the people of the poem and is performed by actor and Monaghan native Peter Duffy. For more information and bookings please Tel: 086 375 9317

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday 10am-5pm

For information:
042 937 8560

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