30 November 1967: Patrick Kavanagh Poet, Author and Playwright died on this day. He was born in Inniskeen County Monaghan. It would become the inspiration for much of his work and would ultimately become his final resting place.
He was born on 21 October 1904 & most of the first 35 years of his life were spent in the parish of Inniskeen and the countryside of County Monaghan. Kavanagh’s formal education ended after national school and he became an apprentice shoemaker to his father for a while. Kavanagh worked on the small family farm for twenty years and while there had his first work published. He was not a ‘natural’ at farming and his mind wandered over to what his lot was in this life. Kavanagh's first collection, Ploughman and Other Poems, was published in 1936. It is notable for its realistic portrayal of Irish country life. The Green Fool, a loosely autobiographical novel, was published in 1938.
canal water preferably, so stilly
greeny at the heart of summer. Brother
commemorate me thus beautifully.
Painting by Robert Ballagh