About this Gathering
Yes, there really is a Billy Brennan's Barn... Celebrate the life and work of Patrick Kavanagh, one of Ireland’s foremost literary figures, in the poet’s native village. An outdoor, interactive, activity based series of events taking place along a 7.5km loop of Inniskeen Road, you will walk or cycle between re-enactments of Kavanagh’s work at key sites immortalised in his poetry and prose, including the newly renovated aforementioned barn. Come on, you did this poem in school. (Oh yes, we have all gone back to the 1920's, and of course, there's a dance...)
• Cycle through Kavanagh country in 1920’s costume on high Nelly bicycles.
• Tea will be served in Billy Brennan’s barn (‘Inniskeen Road: July Evening’).
• Featuring re-enactments and recitals by actors in period costume. Scenes will be ‘dressed’ as described by Kavanagh – the hedges of Shancoduff will once more become a library for poetry books.
• Finish up at a 1920’s-style dance in the Community Centre, on the road to which the sharp-eyed observer may encounter Kavanagh himself sitting on a bank watching the bicycles go by in twos and threes (‘Inniskeen Road:
• Wear period dress and bring your high Nelly - spot prizes in case you need any encouragement!
• Fun for all the family.
• a sermon from “Salamanca Barney”
• Tarry Flynn
• Miss Cassidy
• win a dance with Eusebius Cassidy
This festival should be of particular interest to students and Kavanagh aficionados. Hosted by the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, the organising committee extend an invitation to one and all, especially the Irish diaspora all over the world.