Kavanagh Contemporary

Central to the Patrick Kavanagh visitor experience is Kavanaghs creative practice, the inspiration he took from his environment and the sublime art he produced throughout his lifetime.

To honour this incredible legacy, the Patrick Kavanagh Centre supports creative and artistic practice through various projects and events. This is part of our ongoing enquiry into Kavanaghs life and work and builds on the work of the Patrick Kavanagh Society, custodians of the prestigious Kavanagh Poetry Award for emerging poets since 1971.

We are indebted to partners including Monaghan Arts Office, Creative Ireland, The Arts Council and RTE for their ongoing support.

Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award

Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award

The Patrick Kavanagh Award is for emerging poets currently living in Ireland or with Irish heritage.

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Taking Flight

Taking Flight

An ongoing series of essays for radio where contemporary artists and thinkers respond to the Kavanagh canon.

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Poetry Jukebox ‘No Earthly Estate’

Poetry Jukebox ‘No Earthly Estate’

This innovative installation celebrates the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh in scenic environs by the River Fane at the heart of Inniskeen.

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Annual Kavanagh Lecture

Annual Kavanagh Lecture

The Kavanagh Lecture has been the key event in the Kavanagh Weekend which now takes place annually in the last weekend of September.

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The Creative Self – Schools Project

The Creative Self – Schools Project

Beginning in Sept 2022, this programme is aimed at 10 – 13 year olds, primary and post primary students.

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A Christmas Childhood

A Christmas Childhood

ETA 2023.

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Kavanagh Craft Collection

Kavanagh Craft Collection

The Patrick Kavanagh Collection was created by three Monaghan designer makers, where each piece was envisioned and made with passion in their Monaghan craft studios.

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The Kate Beagan Collection

The Kate Beagan Collection

To celebrate the reopening of The Patrick Kavanagh Centre, we commissioned acclaimed local artist Kate Beagan to produce artwork inspired by the poet in the context of the landscape where he grew up.

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Monaghan Murals

Monaghan Murals

Monaghan Murals in an ongoing project to develop a series of international quality street murals throughout the towns of County Monaghan.

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Monaghan Murals

Upcoming Events

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre offer a year round programme of events and host the Kavanagh Weekend and Inniskeen Road July Evening festival.

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