About The Centre

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is housed in this former Roman Catholic church, St Mary’s. This building, which dates from 1820, was deconsecrated in 1974 when a new parish church was built.

Patrick Kavanagh was baptised here, attended regular Mass and served as an altar-boy here in his youth. St Mary’s Church features in his novel, Tarry Flynn, and also in the semi-autobiographical, The Green Fool.

Patrick Kavanagh is buried in the adjoining churchyard, along with his wife Katherine Moloney Kavanagh, his brother Peter, and his sisters Anne and Mary.

Patrick Kavanagh, one of Ireland’s greatest poets, was born here in Inniskeen in 1904. This exhibition honours his life, his writing, and his continuing legacy. Kavanagh’s universal themes of Soul, Love, Beauty, Nature and God are timeless and will resonate in the hearts of readers of all ages for many generations to come.
Kavanagh Centre

Directions to the Centre

Opening Hours

April – September, Monday to Friday from  10am until 5pm Saturdays and Bank Holidays from 11am until 5pm.

October – March, Tuesday to Friday from 10am until 5pm.

Exhibition Box Office closes at 4.15pm