Kavanagh, Patrick

Patrick Kavanagh
Patrick Kavanagh. Image source penguin.co.uk

Patrick Kavanagh was born in Inniskeen, County Monaghan in 1904.

His poetry volumes are Ploughman & Other Poems (London, MacMillan Contemporary Poets Series, 1936); The Great Hunger (Dublin, The Cuala Press, 1942, Limited Edition); A Soul for Sale (MacMillan, 1947); Recent Poems (New York, The Peter Kavanagh Hand Press, 1958); Come Dance with Kitty Stobling (London, Longmans, 1960); Collected Poems (London, McGibbon & Kee, 1964; New York, The Deven Adair Company, 1964); and Complete Poems of Patrick Kavanagh (The Peter Kavanagh Hand Press, 1972).

He published two novels: The Green Fool (London, Michael Joseph, 1938); and Tarry Flynn (London, The Pilot Press, 1948). The latter novel was produced as a play at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 1966, adapted by P.J O’Connor. It was adapted for the stage again in 1997 by Conall Morrison.

By Night Unstarred (Newbridge, The Goldsmith Press, 1978) is a conflation of two unpublished novels edited by his brother Peter Kavanagh.

Other prose includes Self Portrait (Dublin, The Dolmen Press, 1963, the text of a TV documentary, RTÉ, 1962); Collected Pruse (McGibbon & Kee, 1967); Lapped Furrows (correspondence between Patrick & Peter Kavanagh, The Peter Kavanagh Hand Press, 1969); November Haggard: Uncollected Prose and Verse of Patrick Kavanagh (The Peter Kavanagh Hand Press, 1971); and Kavanagh’s Weekly, a facsimile of the paper published by Patrick and Peter Kavanagh in 1952 (The Goldsmith Press, 1981).

Patrick Kavanagh : a biography, by Antoinette Quinn was published by Gill & MacMillan, Dublin, 2001.

To mark the centenary of his birth, Antoinette Quinn edited his Collected Poems (London, Penguin, 2004).

Patrick Kavanagh died in 1967.


Self Portrait: Patrick Kavanagh
1st Broadcast: 30 October 1962, by RTÉ Television
Director: Jim FitzGerald
Clip Duration: 1’34”

Patrick Kavanagh Exhibition RTÉ

Patrick Kavanagh, 1904-1967, which is hosted on behalf of the Katherine Kavanagh Trust courtesy of Trinity College Dublin. Includes photos of Kavanagh’s wedding to Katherine Moloney. , courtesy of the National Library of Ireland. NB the photos are currently unavailable (September 2016)

Patrick Kavanagh at the Poetry Archive

Patrick Kavanagh at Penguin

REMEMBERING PATRICK KAVANAGH IN 2004, by MacDara Woods

The extensive Phil Rogers’ contemplation on Kavanagh

Patrick Kavanagh at The National Library of Ireland


Katherine Moloney Kavanagh’s death notice

KAVANAGH (née Moloney) (Rathgar, Dublin, and late of London) – August 16, 1989, at Highfield Hospital, Dublin, Katherine, beloved wife of the late Patrick Kavanagh and daughter of the late James Kippy Moloney; deeply regretted by her loving sisters Mary O’Halpin and Helen Moloney, neices, nephews and many friends. Rest in peace. Removal from Fanagan’s Funeral Home, Aungier Street, to Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar, arriving at 5.30 o’c this (Friday) evening. Funeral tomorrow (Saturday) after 10 o’c Mass to Inniskeen Cemetary, Co. Monaghan.
The Irish Times, 17 August, 1989


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