Taking place in Inniskeen, the annual Patrick Kavanagh weekend is a celebration of the life and work of one of Ireland’s most famous and loved poets and attracts visitors from all over Ireland and overseas, for many of whom the annual trip to Monaghan is a highlight of the year.
The three days encompasses a packed programme of lectures, talks and discussions, workshops, poetry readings and art exhibitions.
There is a very active social side too, with music, ceili and old time dancing and tours of the surrounding area in the company of knowledgeable local guides.
The results of the Annual Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award are announced during the festival. This prestigious award is given for a first unpublished collection of poems in English and the list of previous winners includes many well known names, including Eílean Ní Chuilleanain, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy, Peter Sirr, Sinead Morrisey, Conor Callaghan, Celia de Freine and Joseph Woods.
Date and details for 2024 subject to confirmation.