Most of the first 35 years of Patrick Kavanagh's 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. This was a short-lived career. Kavanagh worked on the small family farm for twenty years and while there had his first work published.
In the radio documentary 'Gods Make Their Own Importance', Kavanagh's sisters and a neighbour talked to Tom McGurk about the poet's early days.
For the 1966 television documentary, 'The Writers – Patrick Kavanagh', Kavanagh returned to his home place of Inniskeen.
Kavanagh reflects on the lines of his poem 'Inniskeen Road' as he walks along the road.
Patrick Kavanagh's interest in reading outweighed his interest in farming. Neighbours recount stories of how Kavanagh had no idea about farming.