Patrick Kavanagh Celebration at the Palace Bar

8 September 2007

The Patrick Kavanagh Celebration at the Palace Bar just gets better every year. Organiser PJ Brady from the Phoenix Dawn began the evening with his life-long learned stories about (and poems by) Kavanagh before giving the floor over to eMCee Desmond Swords. The best of Dublin’s performance poets and open-mic enthusiasts turned up and gave their all, to a packed house.

The night pushed on as late as it could possibly go, and with tight emceeing almost 50 poems by over 15 poets were recited in Kavanagh’s own, old haunt. Sleepy Rise and Sean Óg filled the breaks with cheerful trad music and this annual event is turning out to be one of Irish poetry’s not to be missed.

Videos of the Performances

PJ Brady
PJ Brady reads Kavanagh – The Hospital

Paddy Finnegan
Post from Parnassus

Fintan O’Higgins

A Limerick

Green and Silver

The Poet proposes marriage to the singer Beyonce Knowles

Are you still there

Untitled Fable Poem

Margaret Biggs
Day out in Bray

Focus Theatre – The Muse

Forsaken Manners


Ma I love you

Orla Martin
Whale poem

The Art of Always Being Right

Don’t take it personally but…


Eamonn Lynskey

When I’m falling

Maria Ganovska

Blind Divinity (with comments from Paddy)

Who I am

Patrick Boyle
At the Poet’s Grave

Karl Parkinson
This is for

Ag gabháil cheoil
Kavanagh Celebration 2007 – Music