Relevant Media Links
Galway Independent – The Peoples Poet
Farmers Journal – Irish Country Living link
Ireland’s Own – June 2014 Letters section
Galway Advertiser – June 26th 2014
Galway Advertiser – June 2014 Article
Galway Bay FM: As a build up to Saturday’s Kavanagh event in Galway we provide a link to Dr. Tony Carroll’s interview on Galway Bay FM Friday 27th June Arts Show. An interesting and engaging talk .
2014 Press Release
Remembering the People’s Poet
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 July 5th at 7pm and at the Harbour Hotel on Saturday July 19th at 5pm.
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 P J Brady, author Pat Walsh, Monaghan Assoc. president Peter McDonnell and Inniskeen storyteller Brian Dooley. There will be live music on the day.
The tributes are being organised by the Patrick Kavanagh Western Association which was set up by Clareman Ger Considine in Galway in the early 1990s. His background is in theatre and film and he believes the late Monaghan bard, who died aged 63 in 1967, is as significant today as he ever was.
“We all like to reminisce on our childhood, where we grew up and Kavanagh was no different. His pilgrimage brought him from one July evening to another, from one landscape to another. It’s an interesting span of life and a triumph of the soul.”
Ger Considine believes Kavanagh’s poetry “delights and inspires” people from all walks of life. “His appeal is universal. He took our poetry from its focus on history, politics and ethnicity and returned us to our roots and values.”
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 events is €10 bookable online at https://kavanagh2014.eventbrite.ie from the organisers at (086) 8736837 or on the door. For further information log onto https://kavanaghdaygalway.wordpress.com or telephone (086) 8736837.