Patrick Kavanagh Weekend 2022

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre in association with the Patrick Kavanagh Society are delighted to announce author John Connell will deliver this year’s keynote address, Friday 30th September at the newly refurbished Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen.  John’s talk will be followed by an interview with Irish Times journalist Frank McNally and an audience Q&A.

The Patrick Kavanagh keynote address is one of the highlights of our year and John follows in the footsteps of Seamus Heaney, President Michael D Higgins,  Kavanagh’s biographer Antoinette Quinn and esteemed fellow guest Frank McNally amongst others.

Later in the evening, the recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for 2022 will be announced.  Since its inception in 1971 the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award has been a crucial milestone for emerging Irish poets on their journey towards recognition and publication.  We are delighted to continue this tradition of support.  The winner will be introduced by adjudicator & poet Noel Monahan.

Music will also be performed and the evening will be preceded by a reception in the centre at 7.30pm.

For more information please contact


FRIDAY 30th Sept – Poetry Award Announcement and Keynote Address

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen

From 8pm (doors 7.30pm) Admission €10
Box Office 042 9378560

SATURDAY 1st Oct –  Commemorative Mass, Inniskeen 

Church of Mary Mother of Mercy, Inniskeen, 6pm
This year Father Michael Rodgers of Tearmann Retreats Centre, Glendalough, Wicklow will give the homily.

SUNDAY 2nd Oct – Graveside Commemoration

The annual graveside commemoration will take place 3pm Inniskeen.



John Connell is an award winning and bestselling author, journalist, playwright and film producer. He is the author of the bestselling The Cow Book and The Stream of Everything. His documentaries have screen internationally. He is a weekly columnist with the Irish independent and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s A point of view. A Longford native he lives and works on his family farm in Ballinalee.


Frank McNally is a newspaper reporter and columnist. Born in County Monaghan, near the Irish Border, he moved to Dublin in his late teens, working for a number of government departments. He later studied journalism at Dublin City University and in 1996 joined the staff of The Irish Times, where he is now the Chief Writer of the daily “Irishman’s Diary” column.


Noel Monahan has published seven collections of poetry with Salmon Poetry. An eight collection, Celui Qui Porte Un Veau, a selection of French translations of his work was published in France by Alidades, in 2014. A selection of Italian translations of his poetry was published in Milan by Guanda in November 2015: “Tra Una Vita E L’Altra”. His poetry was prescribed text for the Leaving Certificate English, 2011- 2012. His play: “ Broken Cups” won theRTE P.J. O’Connor award in 2001and Chalk Dust, a long poem of his, was adapted for stage and directed by Padraic McIntyre, Ramor Theatre, 2019. During the Covid-19 lockdown, Noel had to reinvent his poetry readings and he produced a selection of Short Films: “Isolation & Creativity” , “Still Life”, “Tolle Lege” andA Poetry Day Ireland Reading for Cavan Library,2021. Recently, he edited “Chasing Shadows”, a miscellany of poetry for Creative Ireland. His ninth poetry collection, “Journey Upstream” will be published in 2023.

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Patrick Kavanagh Weekend 2022