2014 Kavanagh Event Line-up


Peter McDonnell., Chairman Monaghan Association. Dublin

Peter McDonnell was born and grew up in Co Monaghan in the neighbouring (i.e. to Inniskeen) parish of Donaghmoyne. He is Medical Scientist by profession and is chairman of the Monaghan Association in  Dublin. Patrick Kavanagh was one of the great creative and intellectual forces of the past century in Ireland and Peter has spent a lifetime researching the layers of Kavanagh’s rich and enduring legacy.  For the last twelve years he has held an annual “Remembering Patrick Kavanagh” evening in Buswell’s Hotel.  This is Peter’s second year in attendance and his illustrated talk this year is entitled ‘Patrick Kavanagh at 110 !’.


Pat Walsh, Author

Originally from  Ballinrobe, County Mayo, Pat Walsh now lives in Dún Laoghaire. He has recently retired from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council where he worked as a Librarian. He is now a full-time writer. He is the author of ‘The Curious Case of the Mayo Librarian’, ‘Patrick Kavanagh and The Leader’, and ‘A Rebel Act : Michael Hartnett’s farewell to English’  all published by Mercier Press and ‘Images of Ireland: Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’ (The History Press).


PJ. Brady, Actor , Poet

A native of County Cavan, P.J. has lived in Dublin since 1979. He studied Drama at the prestigious Brendan Smith Theater Academy and The Oscar Theater School of Acting (1994 -1996). He’s a member of the Society of Irish Playwrights.

He has performed in The Abbey Theatre in A Thief of A Christmas by Tom Murphy, and The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky.  He also performed in The Gate Theatre in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.. In 1987 he formed The Dry Bread Theatre Company in An Béal Bocht in Charlemont Street, Dublin. Here he performed The Life and Times of the Poet Patrick Kavanagh and The Poor Mouth by Flann O Brien Translated by Patrick C Power which he still performs in theatres, schools, and universities.

Since 1993,  PJ has published four Poetry collections and has also appeared in a number of Irish Films  including:The Playboys, Far and Away, Run of the Country, The Boy from Mercury, Thou Shalt not Kill, Fools of Fortune, and Mia Mine Forever

He last performed in Galway in a one-man show of Kavanagh’s life – The Heart Laid Bare by Hugh Carr.

Margaret Martin

Margaret Martin has acted in and directed plays and musicals around the West of Ireland. She has played leading roles with Galway’s Patrician Musical Society and An Taibhdearc. Until recently she had her own school of Speech and Drama and she graduated with an M.A in Modern Theatre Studies. Margaret lectures in Public Speaking at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). She lived at Main Street, Carrickmacross for 20 years and has participated in previous Kavanagh events. Her dramatization entitled ‘A Heart Hungry for Poetry’ will be a lively presentation comparing life then and now!


Brian Dooley

An Inniskeen musician and storyteller, Brian has been a great mentor to the Patrick Kavanagh Western Assoc. He now regards the Kavanagh Day as his annual pilgrimage to Galway. The theme of his talk this year is ‘A Place called Home’. He will, no doubt , provide us with song and stories from Kavanagh country and will bring the Festival Club to life like no other !.


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