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Remembering the people's poet

Wednesday, 25 June 2014
9:35 AM GMT

One of Ireland's most popular poets will be remembered with fondness and affection at a series of events being organised in his memory in Galway City in early July.

The 110th birthday of Monaghan born poet Patrick Kavanagh will be celebrated in verse, drama, music and song at two events being held at the Salthill Hotel on Saturday 5 July at 7pm and at the Harbour Hotel on Saturday 19 July at 4pm. 

The sixth anniversary of this boutique Kavanagh event will consist of a diverse mix of artistic genres. As well as local artists, it will feature contributions from professional actor PJ Brady, author Pat Walsh, Monaghan Association resident Peter McDonnell and Inniskeen storyteller Brian Dooley. There will be live music on the day.

The self-educated but penniless poet ploughed a lone furrow. Born on a farm, he only had primary school education. He became an apprentice shoemaker to his father and a family farm worker but abandoned shoemaking and began writing poetry in his teens while still working on the land. He left the family farm in 1939 for a new life as a journalist and poet in Dublin, bringing nothing with him but an indomitable spirit. He took on the sophisticated Dublin of Yeats, Lady Gregory and George Russell. Instead of leaving the poverty and parochial preoccupations of Inniskeen behind him, he carried them in his heart and later brought them to life in his writings.

Much of his poetry depicted the conflicts, loneliness and frustrations of rural life and protested at the repression of manhood and creativity by church and society. 

Admission to these multi-art form events is €10 and is bookable at or on the door. For further information, visit or telephone 086-8736837.


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