Tommy Mcardle

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Novena of poems:   Caitríona Ní Chléirchín   reads “In Memory of My Mother” at the graveside of  Patrick Kavanagh in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, as part of a tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of  his death. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was “a day for the long johns”, as one of the older men present said to his neighbour. Nevertheless, 50 years after Patrick Kavanagh’s death on Nov(...)

Some of of Ireland’s finest writers and poets will gather to pay tribute to Kavanagh on the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death. Photograph courtesy of the Wiltshire Collection/National Library of Ireland

In Iniskeen, Co Monaghan, the weather forecast predicted Thursday would be 4 degrees with showers (37 per cent chance of precipitation) and a bit(...)