In November 1967, the Abbey Theatre, under the direction of Thomas Mac Anna, staged 'Tarry Flynn' in Dundalk. While attending a performance of the play, Patrick Kavanagh fell ill. His sisters took him back to Mucker, Co. Monaghan for a couple of days until Katherine Kavanagh came to take him to Dublin.
Diagnosed with pneumonia, Kavanagh died on 30 November 1967, aged 63, in a Dublin nursing home. He was buried two days later in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan.
Patrick Kavanagh's sisters Annie and Mary recall the poet expressing the wish to be buried in his home place.
Tomás Mac Anna, Peter Kavanagh, Katherine Kavanagh and Dr Richard Riordan talk of Kavanagh's illness and death.
Michael O’hAodha writes a tribute to the poet, the critic and the man.
The funeral of Patrick Kavanagh as the poest is laid to rest in his native Inniskeen on 2nd December 1967.
Just days after the death of Patrick Kavanagh, Diarmuid O’Muirithe talks to Kavanagh’s old friends about him in McDaid’s pub, Harry Street, Dublin.