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.
- Title Kavanagh and Baggot Street
- 1st Broadcast 06/10/1974
- ContributorTom McGurk (Writer/Presenter)
Kieran Sheedy (Producer)
- Clip Duration 00:03:14
- Material Type Audio
- Series title The Jungle of Pembroke Road
- Clip title Baggot Street
- Extended description
In this extract from the radio documentary 'The Jungle of Pembroke Road', writers and friends of Kavanagh, Benedict Kiely and Anthony Cronin, and a local shopkeeper, recall Kavanagh's relationship with the locality of Baggot Street.
"...Baggot Street, if you look at it, has all the characteristics of a street in a country town: it even has a bridge at the end of it, small shops, everything that Paddy needed to make him feel he was walking up and down Carrickmacross on a market day..." (Benedict Kiely)
At the time of Kavanagh's move Dublin was very much a hub of literary life where writers and poets gathered in local hosteleries to discuss and analyse what is literary and what is not.
As Brendan Kennelly commented in his Thomas Davies lecture on Kavanagh:
"Kavanagh satirises these events, people and ideas, we would expect him to satirise: Dublin's pretentious poetasters, its bumptious 'intellectuals'; its complacent middle class, its viscious sentimentality and its insincere good nature."
(RTÉ Guide, Oct 4, 1974, Vol.11, No.40, p.13)
This is the side of Patrick Kavanagh's life that Tom McGurk examined in the programme 'The Jungle of Pembroke Road'.
Patrick Kavanagh came to live in Dublin when he was in his thirties, in 1939, and lived there until his death in 1967.
- Local keywords Patrick Kavanagh, Poet, Poetry, Dublin, Baggot Street, Pembroke Road, Tom McGurk, Kieran Sheedy
- Geographical coverage Ireland, Dublin
- Topic Arts and Culture
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ
- Production year 1974
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier AA15811
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)