In this second documentary of a two part series, Tom McGurk examines the 1930s to the 1960s in the life of poet Patrick Kavanagh. Kavanagh as an exile in Dublin.

The Dublin literary scene of the time was largely based around 'The Palace' and 'Pearl' bars. In this extract from 'The Jungle of Pembroke Road' Anthony Cronin talks about Kavanagh's relationship with the literati. According to Cronin, as Kavanagh struggled to earn a living, he realised that many of this literary set had comfortable lives. Prior to coming to Dublin he had a preconception of Dublin as a place of conversation but the reality for Kavanagh was quite different. Cronin describes Kavanagh as in many ways “astonishingly naive” and in other ways “astonishingly sophisticated.

Benedict Kiely recalls how Kavanagh eventually became very much part of a Dublin scene that included the universities and Mitchell's tea shop.

"...And I think, you know, that he had this feeling that Dublin was some sort of a wonderland of creative and sympathetic people to whom he could at last talk, because however deep his relationship with Monaghan may have been, everybody in his circumstances dreams of a place of converse..." (Anthony Cronin)