In 1939, after a short time in London, Patrick Kavanagh joined his brother Peter in Dublin. The city would become his home until his death in 1967. The poet's relationship with Dublin was ambivalent. Kavanagh claimed to feeling like an exile in Dublin where for many years he struggled to make a living as a writer. Yet Kavanagh became a 'Dublin character' and the city had an important influence on his poetry.
Kavanagh describes what he calls the "literary metropolis" and literary scene in Dublin at the time of his arrival in the city that would become his home for almost 30 years.
In this second documentary of a two part series, Tom McGurk examines the 1930s to the 1960s in the life of poet Patrick Kavanagh. Kavanagh as an exile in Dublin.
If Dublin became Kavanagh's town, then the environs of Baggot Street became his parish. Here he was known and took an interest in the lives of the locals.