Patrick Kavanagh Literary Events

pkwa-logo-tnPatrick Kavanagh Western Association (PKWA)
Patrick Kavanagh is one Ireland’s most popular poets who’s had many followers both in Ireland and abroad. His unique down-to-earth writings have engrossed readers for many years.

PKWA is of the firm belief that Patrick Kavanagh is important today and will be even more significant in the future. They launched the Kavanagh Day Literary Events in Galway in 2008 which have proved popular with audiences.

Archive blog on previous years Events is located here

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Our 2019 Event – Bluebells for Love will commemorate Kavanagh’s legacy and the various women involved in his life. Galway ticket booking at this Eventbrite page 

Local media coverage of 2017 Event.   O Commemorate me in 50 on March 11th

kavanagh day 2017 poster


A Song for the Boisterous Bard
‘Patrick Kavanagh – A Life’
An open mike session with poetry and live music.

Kavanagh Day 

In 2008 Ger Considine initiated Kavanagh Days in Galway. This involves performing the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh
by waterways in mid-July.
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The Patrick Kavanagh Days in Galway
From humble beginnings in the Galway City Library in 2008, the Galway Kavanagh Day is part of Galway FRINGE Festival for the past number of years. It incorporates music, song, re-enactments, animated readings, poetry and storytelling and has grown in popularity. For these events PKWA engaged following distinguished presenters, published poets, actors, musicians and guests to widen their appeal…

Dr Una Agnew, Associate Professor Emerita of the Faculty of Theology at Milltown-Institute
Prof Tom Duddy (RIP),  NUIG Dept. of English
Prof Michael Howlett, Waterford IT, academic Thesis on Patrick Kavanagh
Dr Derek Hand, Researcher, author and lecturer at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
Dr Michael Gorman, NUIG lecturer
Mr John Waters, Writer, Journalist, playwright, Editor and Irish Times columnist
Dr Tony Carroll, contemporary of Kavanagh
Dr Emily Cullen, organiser Kavanagh centenary year 2004
Pat Walsh author of ‘Patrick Kavanagh & the Leader’
Peter McDonnell, Chairman of the Monaghan Association in Dublin
Johnny Duhan, Galway singer / songwriter

Paul McGinley, Historian, Teacher Key-note speaker
Gerry Hanberry, Writer, musician
Fred Johnston, founder Western Writers Centre
Pete Mullineaux, writer, poet
Margaret Martin, Theatre director
Brian Dooley, Inniskeen presenter
John McHugh, PJ. Moore, actors
Mary O’Malley, Michéal Kearney, Galway poets
Māire Holmes, playwright, author, poet and lecturer.
Kevin Higgins, writer and poet
Peter Duffy and PJ. Brady professional Monaghan actors
Noel McGee, Belfast actor
Poetry Ireland,
Various Traditional musicians
Decadent Theatre company members

Listen to a Radio interview with Dr Tony Carroll of PKWA on Galway Bay FM prior to the 2014 event.

‘Thanks for  a wonderful night out in The Harbour Hotel. The narration, recitations, music , songs and dances were absolutely terrific.  I would certainly recommend your show to anyone that appreciates entertainment’. John Corbett.
On a fine Saturday afternoon in Galway city holidaymakers and locals drifted into the hotel for the Patrick Kavanagh event. Most of them knew little about Patrick Kavanagh. The dedicated followers and admirers of the mystical poet sold the event to people who vaguely remembered the ‘Stony Grey Soil of Monaghan’ from their schooldays. It turned out to be a memorable evening of poetry, song and music about the life and times of a poet who has been described by many as the most significant poet since W.B.Yeates.  N. Coen. 2014
Sorry I can’t make it, folks. I heard reports of the earlier outing. Best of luck on Saturday. JG 2012
Many thanks. I enjoyed the day very much.’ D. Naughton

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Keep up to date with Kavanagh-related activities by visiting & liking our dedicated Galway Kavanagh-day FaceBook page

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