The Centre houses exhibitions on local history and on Kavanagh, a sixty-seat Audio- Visual Theatre, and a Research Library. Also on view are twelve specially commissioned paintings illustrating Kavanagh’s epic poem “The Great Hunger”, a miniature model depicting Kavanagh’s classic, “A Christmas Childhood”, Kavanagh’s Death Mask and other memorabilia associated with the poet.
The special feature of the Patrick Kavanagh Centre is the unique performance tour of Kavanagh Country, which takes in many local sites immortalised by Inniskeen’s most famous son, with anecdotes, historical facts, wild rumours and even the odd poem along the way.
The tour rounds off back at the Centre with a half-hour one-man show by Inniskeen actor, Gene Carroll, advance booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
School tours cover topics such as History, Topography, Folklore, and Local Legends as well as Kavanagh’s life and work, hence a day out in Inniskeen is of benefit to a wide range of students. Casual visitors are more than welcome. The Centre is run by the Inniskeen Enterprise Group.
You can also join the new “Friends of Patrick Kavanagh” organisation. Membership includes free admission to the Centre.
Address: The Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, Ireland A91 KT20
Tel: +353 42 937 8560
Opening Hours: Currently Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm | Bank Holidays: 11am – 5pm (Box Office closes at 4.15pm)