Patrick Kavanagh Western Association
The Kavanagh Days in Galway
Patrick Kavanagh is one Ireland’s most popular poets who's had many followers both in Ireland and abroad. His unique down-to-earth writings have engrossed readers for many years. The PK Western Association (PKWA) has hosted the Kavanagh Days in Galway and has entertained audiences, since its launch in 2008.
Chairman, Ger Considine is of the firm belief that Kavanagh is significant today and will be even more significant in the future.
Keep the Home Fires Burning
On the100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1, this concert first staged in December 2014 will rerun in the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway on Feb. 21st next. It consists of a haunting and varied programme of music, dance, song and story . For more details and Ticket information see Eventbrite Event
Rerunning event for 2015 Galway Fringe . . .
The Galway Kavanagh Days 2014
Plans were announced in the Summer of 2014 for the staging of two Kavanagh Days in association withe the Galway FRINGE Festival. One took place in the Harbour Hotel on Saturday 19th July at 4pm and one was staged in Salthill Hotel later that Summer
A Press Release can be viewed at the PKWA blog .Festival Poster below
2013 Kavanagh Day Gathering in Galway
An Audio Recording of Dr Tony Carrol's interview with Vinny Browne on the recent Galway Bay FM Arts Show be listened to here
The annual Kavanagh Days are now listed as a Gathering tourist event on the Gathering Ireland website . An interesting lineup for 2013 is already planned
A short video of previous year's events - Watch Highlights Video !
2012 Galway Kavanagh Fringe Event
We had a sucessful event on Sat 21st in the Columban Hall where a great group dynamic developed with a number of new acquaintances wishing to join our organising committee. Bannerboy Productions and the Patrick Kavanagh Western Association wish to thank all our patrons, performers, those who helped out in any way and especially our audiences. Some images at the Ficker site are available to view . Also the Galway City Tribune have made some images available at their Online Photos page. These can also be purchased from the galwaynews.ie site
2012 Kavanagh Event Rerun for Galway Fringe Festival
The successful run of the Kavanagh Event was repeated on Saturday , July 21st as part of the Fringe Festival. It took place in the Columbian Hall, Sea Rd, Claddagh and appeared in the Galway Fringe Program.The event reran on the 21st July !.
2012 Post Event Update
Thanks to everyone who attended the Kavanagh Event in the Rowing Club on Sun. July 1st.2012. The leadup to the event was quite busy . We got good local newspaper coverage and Tony Carroll's radio interview on G.Bay FM. helped immensly in publising it locally. Most will agree that our event on Sunday 1st was a success . There was a great energy and buzz around't and it's probably fair to say that it was by far the highest attended of these events .
ection & singing
More event images on Flickr
A selection of the performers also took part in the Spoken Word tent in the Volvo Global Village during the 2012 Volvo Ocean Race. The organising committee planned the Galway Fringe Fest. event on 21st in Columbian Hall , Sea Rd in the Claddagh
Upcoming 2012 Event
The organisers planned an exciting program for the 2012 Event .Among those contributing were Inniskeen storyteller, Brian Dooly, sculptor John Coll, singer/ songwriter Johnny Duhan, Galway writer Gerry Hanberry and others. The event also reran as part of the Galway Fringe Festival in mid-July.. Please see following online links for more information
The 2012 Galway Kavanagh Day took place on the afternoon of Sun.1st July in the Galway Rowing Club. It comprised of music, storytelling and rendetions by published poets.
2011 Post Event and Images
The turnout in the Tertiary Hall in 2011 was up on previous years and the event went very well. Ger shared the MC honours with poet and musician Gerry Hanberry on this ocassion.
A section of the attendance on Sunday afternoon
We had contributions from published poets like Prof. Tom Duddy and Micky O'Gorman NUIG, as well as accomplished actors. An Audio/Visual presentation with the theme 'Kavanagh, the Popular Poet' was given by local historian, Paul McGinley. There was great variety in the production from joyous song, through compelling recitation, animated anecdotes, poetic observations to "deadly" drama in the shape of a rousing segment of 'Tarry Flynn' with six of the actors from the 2010 Town Hall production. This talented bunch of actors made an old fashioned mission seem almost attractive - a mighty achievement!.. See a few images below
Gerry Hanberry, musician and co-host
Ger Considine, event organiser
Mickey O'Gorman, poet
2004 Organiser, Emily Cullen wih Ger
Paul McGinley's presentation
2011 Event Update
The Galway Kavanagh Day ran for the afternoon of Sun. 10th July 2011 starting at 2pm and was a free event to the public.Our keynote speaker that year was Galwayman and social entrepreneur, Paul McGinley who gave a Presentation on the theme 'Kavanagh, the popular Poet'. Also contributing was writer Fred Johnston and poet and musician Gerry Hanburry.The event entertained audiences from the opening of the show until the final curtain, with a few giggles over tea during the interval.
The Kavanagh Day took place on Sunday 10th July 2011. The venue has been confirmed as the Tertiary Hall adjoining the Claddagh Church. See Remembering the Rambunctious Bard on the Active Retirement events.
2010 Post Event and Images
There was a good turnout both at the Galway City Library on Sat 10th and along the riverbank at the Born Centre on Sunday 11th. On Sat the the event was introduced by Pat - the Library manager and the complete event was recorded. We had extra contributions from Eamonn Shevlin of An Taibhdearc and Unity Doherty. Thankfully the weather obliged for Sundays outside event . Dr . Agnew repeated her very informative talk on Kavanagh's life and work. Howard Linnane read some of his favourites. Eamonn Shevlin sang 'Raglan Road' and 'If Ever You Go To Dublin Town' accompanied by Ide on fiddle. Ms Deirdre Manifold (Kavanagh's girlfriend for 5yrs in the early '50's) and family joined the gathering mid-way through and acknowledge the significance of the ocassion.
Kavanagh Day 2010
The Kavanagh Day was staged in Galway again in 2010. The event took place indoors at the Galway City Library on Sat 10th July and outdoors on Sun 11th. July at the Born Centre, Newtownsmith. The guest speakers that year included Kavanagh expert Dr. Una Agnew and Ml. D. Higgins TD. Accompanying music was provided by Ide Ni Fhaolain on fiddle and Tony Small (ex Wilde Geese) on guitar. See the Kavanagh Day Poster
The second day of the 2010 event ran outdoors on Sun.11th. The performances took place at Abhainn na mBradan (the Born Quarter) which is truely a magnicificant building with breadthtaking views of the river Corrib and many historic buildings along the riverbank.
University of Limerick Summer School
The Directing for Stage course was hosted by the DLI with Antoinette Quinn of the Gaeity School of Acting as tutor. Some images from the social gathering below
Keep the Home Fires Burning is a commemoration concert marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1. This Christmas 2014 event is jointly hosted in Galway by the Galway Percy French Society the Patrick Kavanagh Western Association (PKWA).
Memories of a Christmas Childhood. This 2012 Christmas concert takes place in Aras na nGael, Galway on Sat. 1st. Dec and will feature performers from both the the Kavanagh Western Association and the Galway Percy French Society. It will include music recitals, poetry, song and storytelling. The event Poster can be downloaded here
In 2008 Ger initiated Kavanagh Day in Galway. This involves performing the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh by waterways in mid-July.
From humble beginnings in the Galway Library, where he was accompanied by Irish musicians, the event has grown in popularity over the past number of years. In 2009 these events were held in the Galway City Library and Sheridan's Wine Bar and Ger was accompanied by Ide Ni Fhaolain on fiddle. See OVER THE EDGE post of 25th June 2009 for more info. Recently the Galway Kavanagh Days have taken place in the Tertiary Hall in the Claddagh.