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

  • Address
  • The Patrick Kavanagh Centre,
  • Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, A91 KT20, Ireland
  • M1 Dublin to South Dundalk
  • Follow the Carrickmacross R178 for approx. 5 miles
  • At Channonrock junction (Conlon’s pub) turn right for Inniskeen LP1140
  • N2 from Dublin
  • Exit Carrickmacross
  • Left along R178 to Essexford
  • Left at Kelly’s pub for Inniskeen
  • From Belfast to Dundalk Bypass via Newry
  • Exit for Dundalk town centre
  • Follow the Carrickmacross R178 for approx. 5 miles
  • At Channonrock (Conlon’s pub) turn right for Inniskeen LP1140

Opening Hours: The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is open from 10am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and from 11am to 4.30pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays.