Benedict Kiely recalls Patrick Kavanagh first showing him the words of 'On Raglan Road' and trying out how it would sound sung to the air of 'The Dawning of the Day'.
- Title First To Hear 'On Raglan Road'
- 1st Broadcast 06/10/1974
- ContributorTom McGurk (Writer/Presenter)
Kieran Sheedy (Producer)
- Clip Duration 00:01:30
- Material Type Audio
- Series title Jungle of Pembroke Road
- Clip title First Person To Hear 'On Raglan Road'
- Extended description
Writer Benedict Kiely remembers the day, in the office of 'The Standard' journal, that Patrick Kavanagh first showed him the words of 'On Raglan Road' and how they tested how it would sound sung to the air of 'The Dawning of the Day'.
Kiely reckons that he was the first person to see ‘On Raglan Road’ written.
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, On Raglan Road, Benedict Kiely
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Genre Factual
- 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)
First Person To Hear 'On Raglan Road'
Broadcast - 06/10/1974
Clip Length - 00:01:30
On Raglan Road Benedict Kiely
Broadcast - 10/01/1979
Clip Length - 00:01:38
Luke Kelly Sings ‘On Raglan Road’
Broadcast - 10/01/1979
Clip Length - 00:05:35
Hilda Moriarty the Inspiration for ‘On Raglan Road’
Broadcast - 30/01/1987
Clip Length - 00:01:29