Joan Ryan remembers her first meeting with Patrick Kavanagh and having tea with him in Mitchell's.
- Title Joan Ryan Recalls Meeting Kavanagh
- 1st Broadcast 06/10/1974
- ContributorTom McGurk (Writer/Presenter)
Kieran Sheedy (Producer)
- Clip Duration 00:01:51
- Material Type Audio
- Series title The Jungle of Pembroke Road
- Clip title Joan Ryan Recalls First Meeting Kavanagh
- Extended description
Joan Ryan remembers her first meeting with Patrick Kavanagh and having tea with him in Mitchell's. She describes being with Patrick Kavanagh as being in the company of a charming, witty man. She also talks of Kavanagh's love for Hilda Moriarty. Joan Ryan also relates the poet's wishes for her daughter, Derbhail at her christening.
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 Davis 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, Joan Ryan, The Jungle of Pembroke Road
- 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)
- Original language English (eng)