Patrick Kavanagh

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Cocksfoot grass: their hint of purple strong against the light in a sunny meadow

Weeks of cold, raw, early rain, then droughty weeks of a misplaced summer; weeks of showery rain again, some of it teasingly warm: such are the mood s(...)

John Betjeman: his transfer back to London after three years as press attaché at the British consular mission in Dublin was front-page news. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Getty Images

‘The Irish Press reviews are good”, the future British poet laureate John Betjeman told the London book publisher Hamish Hamilton in September 1942. H(...)

Meath’s  Colm O’Rourke with Eamonn Heary  of Dublin during the four-game Leinster championship saga of 1991. Photograph: Inpho

In the midst of all the rheumy-eyed reminiscence about Italia 90, it’s easy to forget that it was supposed to represent an existential threat to the G(...)

Visitors to the graveside of Poet Patrick Kavanagh in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan as part of a tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death in 2017, organised by Monaghan County Council and the Patrick Resource Centre. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The young American poet Claire McAllister, mentioned in today’s letters by Peadar MacMághnais, was also known to her friends as “Marmalade”. This was (...)

Sheila Forsey is an honours graduate from Maynooth in creative writing. The Secret of Eveline House is published by Poolbeg Press

Tell us about your new work and how it came about – the story behind the story. My new book is a work of historical fiction and is called The Secret o(...)

Willie Ahern, of Palace Bar on Fleet Street, Dublin, cleaning up in the closed pub during the coronavirus lockdown. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh once described the Palace Bar on Fleet Street in Dublin city centre as the “most wonderful temple of art”. T(...)

“Just as the display of holy pictures in a house does not guarantee the inmates are leading lives of piety, so the display of literary iconography in bars does not imply a devotion to actual reading.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Among the latest non-events in this year of things that didn’t happen was Mylesday at Dublin’s Palace bar. An annual feature since 2011, it commemorat(...)

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Happy the man, whose wish and care/A few paternal acres bound/content to breathe his native air/In his own ground. (Alexander Pope) I wandered lonely(...)

 The Cimitero Acattolico in Rome. Photograph: iStock

The poet Patrick Kavanagh had a curious expression for discouraging the revival of Irish, which he considered a lost cause. The old language was dead(...)

The Arts Council has launched a policy on the fair remuneration of artists, the essence of which is well captured in the accompanying hashtag: #paytheartist. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Patrick Kavanagh spent much of his life in penury. Samuel Beckett resorted to translating articles for the French edition of the Reader’s Digest. Bria(...)

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