Canal Bank Rebirth

EXHIBITION : PATRICK KAVANAGH

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Writer and painter John Ryan and Kavanagh's brother Peter reflect on the Patrick Kavanagh's belief that he was reborn as a poet on the banks of the canal.

  • Title
    Gentle Tiger
  • 1st Broadcast
    30/11/1987
  • Contributor
    Paul Durcan
    Tom McCardle (Producer)
    John Ryan
    Peter Kavanagh
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:57
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    Canal Bank Rebirth
  • Extended description

    Writer and painter John Ryan and Kavanagh's brother Peter reflect on the poet's belief that he was reborn as a poet on the banks of the canal.

    Paul Durcan reads from 'Canal Bank Walk' by Patrick Kavanagh.

    "..He had some mystical experience where he realised that the important thing was to put no importance on anything..." (John Ryan)

    This was a God-like revelation for Kavanagh.

  • Information

    'Gentle Tiger' marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of poet and novelist, Patrick Kavanagh. 'Gentle Tiger' is a documentary in which his widow Katherine, brother Peter, neighbours and friends put their memories of Patrick Kavanagh on record. Poets George Barker, Séamus Heaney and Paul Durcan, Professors Denis Donoghue and Brendan Kennelly are among the contributors.

    The documentary includes photographs and documents from the Kavanagh Archive in UCD, archive material from Adrian Cronin's film of Patrick Kavanagh, and footage taken by John Ryan, on Bloomsday 1954.

    'Gentle Tiger' was produced by Tom McCardle and was broadcast on 30 November 1987.

  • Local keywords
    Patrick Kavanagh, Poet, Poetry, John Ryan, Peter Kavanagh, Paul Durcan
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Dublin
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1987
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    P538/00087
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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