Remembering Patrick Kavanagh – 2019

Monaghan Association – Dublin, presents: Remembering Patrick Kavanagh – 2019.

Celebrating 21 years Remembering Patrick Kavanagh in Dublin.

Buswells Hotel, Dublin, Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019.


  • Anthony Cronin first met Patrick Kavanagh when they both wrote for John Ryan’s Envoy magazine from 1949 until it closed in July 1951. They were also contributors to The Bell which was also edited by Anthony Cronin in the 1950’s. Cronin described Kavanagh when they first met as ‘a deeply serious man with an intellect which was humorous and agile, as well as being profound and apparently incorruptible’. However, their relationship which lasted for the rest of Kavanagh’s life was a lot more complex than that. Ann Haverty will explore this unique friendship.
  • Dublin in the ‘Fifties and early ‘Sixties was a city that was often described as conformist and dreary. However, there was another side to it and it has been said that this period was also a golden age for artists and writers. The decade after 1945 was particularly rich and creative for the arts in Ireland and especially Dublin. Many factors conspired to make this decade a prolific one, not least was the universal reaction following the insularity of Ireland during the war years. Mary Kenny will examine this period in a new light.
  • In the 1950’s and early 1960’s Patrick Kavanagh spent much of his time in London. While in London he was invited to broadcast on the BBC Third Programme, giving his first talk on 20th February, 1951. It was well received and he was complimented on being a very pleasant speaker on radio. On 13th May, 1960 he introduced a reading of The Great Hunger and in 1963 he was invited to discuss the Celtic Twilight with a panel of speakers including Harry Craig, assistant editor of The Bell. Peter McDonnell will introduce this BBC debate. Here is Kavanagh at his argumentative best.


1. “Patrick Kavanagh & Anthony Cronin: A Complicated Friendship”

By: Anne Haverty

Poet, Novelist and Biographer    

2. “Patrick Kavanagh’s Dublin: Not Always a Gloomy City”

By: Mary Kenny

Journalist, Author and Broadcaster

 3. “Patrick Kavanagh on BBC Radio – 1963”  

By: Peter McDonnell  

Chairman, Monaghan Association – Dublin 

Venue:           Buswells Hotel, Molesworth St. Dublin 2

 When:            Tuesday, 22nd October, 2019 @ 8 pm

 Admission:     €15 [pay at door]

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