Inniskeen Road July Evening

Inniskeen Road Evening festival

Taking its title from one of Patrick Kavanagh’s best loved poems, ‘Inniskeen Road; July Evening’, this hugely successful festival takes place every year on the second weekend of July in Kavanaghs home village of Inniskeen.

Patrick Kavanagh’s work is rooted in the landscape in a unique way. Visitors can take the Kavanagh Trail and visit many of the sites immortalised by the poet in his native place. They can hunker down in the shade of the orchard wall (‘Spraying the Potatoes’), have a dance in Billy Brennan’s Barn (‘Inniskeen Road, July Evening’) and cycle through Kavanagh country in 1920’s costume on high Nelly bicycles. The event typically features re-enactments and recitals by actors in period costume. Scenes are ‘dressed’ as described by Kavanagh – for example the hedges of ‘Shancoduff’ once more becomes a library for poetry books, horses and men will work the land using period-appropriate farm implements and techniques

Particularly popular with families and the culturally curious Inniskeen Road July Evening is one of the festival highlights of the year in the North East.

Due to COVID19 the Inniskeen Road July Evening festival will not take place in 2020.  We look forward to returning in 2021.

Patrick Kavanagh Weekend

Taking place in Inniskeen the last weekend each September, 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 This prestigious award is given for a first unpublished collection of poems in English and the list of previous winners includes many well-known names, including Eílean Ní Chuilleanain, Paul Durcan, Thomas McCarthy,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.

Due to COVID19 the Patrick Kavanagh Weekend and Poetry Competitions will not take place in 2020.  We look forward to returning in 2021