04: Moving to Dublin

Kavanagh spent much of his adult life living in Dublin. Despite saying that he felt somewhat alienated from the city, he became very much a Dublin character.

In 1939, after a short time in London, Patrick Kavanagh joined his brother Peter in Dublin. The city would become his home until his death in 1967. The poet's relationship with Dublin was ambivalent. Kavanagh claimed to feeling like an exile in Dublin where for many years he struggled to make a living as a writer. Yet Kavanagh became a 'Dublin character' and the city had an important influence on his poetry.