Patrick Kavanagh Centre, County Monaghan
The Patrick Kavanagh Centre (Patrick Kavanagh Rural and Literary Resource Centre) is located in Inniskeen, County Monaghan, Ireland. It is set up to commemorate the poet Patrick Kavanagh who is regarded as one of the foremost Irish poets of the 20th entury. Kavanagh was born in Mucker townland Inniskeen and the centre is now located in the former RC St. Mary's church (which dates from 1820) in whose adjoining graveyard Kavanagh and his wife are buried. The centre was developed by the Inniskeen Enterprise Development Group and was opened by former President Mary Robinson in 1994.
The centre houses exhibitions outlining Kavanagh's life story as well as the history of the surrounding area. It includes a topographical model of the area, a model illustrating Kavanagh's poem, "A Christmas Childhood" paintings and informational panels on the poet. The Peter Kavanagh hand press is on loan from the Kavanagh Archive University College Dublin. Kavanagh's Death Mask which was formerly owned by John Ryan is also on display and there are many other memorabilia on display including letters and the font Kavanagh was baptised in.
The centre offers a tour of Kavanagh Country, which takes in many local sites associated with the poet and his poetry and novels. It also has a Patrick Kavanagh Trail guide. The trail takes in sites some of which may be visited by the public including: The Patrick Kavanagh Literary and Resource Centre, the Folk Museum and Round Tower, the Church of Mary Mother of Mercy Dance Hall at Mullaghinsha, and the Slieve Gullion View.
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