Patrick Kavanagh Weekend – President Higgins Visit

Patrick Kavanagh Weekend – President Higgins Visit

Patrick Kavanagh Weekend

Iniskeen, Co. Monaghan, 26th – 28th September 2014

Address by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, Friday 26th September at 7.30pm

Information & booking


& Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan

Tel: 00353 (0) 42 937 8560




Weekend Ticket €80* Or pay at the door for each event

Friday Evening €25

Saturday Morning €15

Saturday Afternoon €15

Saturday Night €10

Bus Tour €10

Sunday Afternoon €10

Friends of the Patrick Kavanagh Centre: Benefits Include entry to the Kavanagh Weekend.

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*All events take place at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre unless otherwise stated. Lunch not included. Lunches, served in the Social Club are booked during the Weekend. The Poet’s Rest Coffee Shop is open. Programme correct at time of press but organisers reserve right to amend if necessary.

Friday 26th September
6.30pm Wine Reception. Ceoltóir: Sean Walsh.
Arrival of President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
Welcome by piper Patrick Martin.
7.30pm Address: President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. (Audience needs to be seated by 7.00pm).
8.30pm The Annual Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. Sponsored by Matthews Coaches. Introduction by poet, Brian Lynch, Adjudicator.
9.30pm Ailie Blunnie performs her autobiographical set of piano-pop and folk songs.

Saturday 27th September
9.30am Conducted walking tour of Patrick Kavanagh Literary Trail in Carrickmacross with Larry McDermott.
Assembly: The Valley Lodge – opposite St. Joseph’s Church.
11.15am Poetry Readings by the winners of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2014.
11.40am ‘Gather the bits of road that were not gravel to the traveller…’
Kavanagh’s literary and historical landscape. A new map of Kavanagh Country. Larry McDermott & Art Agnew.
12.20pm Poems on Water and other themes. Mary Turley-McGrath.
1.00pm Lunch.
2.15pm ‘Patrick Kavanagh and The Bell’. Professor Kelly Matthews.
3.30pm Poetry Reading by Julie O’Callaghan.
4.15pm Book Launch – ‘Borrikeen – Unmasking Patrick Kavanagh’ by Paddy Carroll.
7.00pm Commemorative Mass for Patrick Kavanagh and deceased family members. Celebrant: Fr. Martin Treanor, P.P. Homilist: Dr. Una Agnew.
9.00pm The First World War and 1916. Lia Mills reads from her new novel Fallen and talks to Brian Lynch about the book and the history.

Sunday 28th September
10.00am Bus tour – visiting sites of local and historic interest with Art Agnew.
12.30pm Lunch.
1.45pm Annual Graveside commemoration.
2.15pm Brian Boru and Kavanagh Country. Professor Sean Duffy.
2.45pm ‘Of Bones and Buffaloes’ Deirdre Cartmill & Maria McManus. Two of the North’s leading contemporary poets read from
their new collections.
3.35pm Annual Schools Poetry Award. Presided over by adjudicator, Noel Monahan. Readings by the winners from their work.
5.00pm Close.

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