“I Have A Feeling Of Death On Me And I Want To Be Buried In Inniskeen”


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Patrick Kavanagh's sisters Annie and Mary recall the poet   expressing the wish to be buried in his home place.

  • Title
    Gods Make Their Own Importance
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  • Contributor
    Tom McGurk (Writer/Presenter)
    Kieran Sheedy (Producer)
    Annie Kavanagh
    Mary Kavanagh
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    “I Have A Feeling Of Death On Me And I Want To Be Buried In Inniskeen”
  • Extended description

    Patrick Kavanagh's sisters Annie and Mary recall the poet attending a performance of 'Tarry Flynn' in Dundalk but becoming ill and returning to Inniskeen. While there he expressed the wish to be buried in his home place. Annie remembers Patrick saying, “I have a feeling of death on me and I want to be buried in Inniskeen”,

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    'Gods Make Their Own Importance' was a portrait of Patrick Kavanagh, poet and novelist, as seen by himself, by his own people in South Ulster, and by Tom McGurk, who wrote and presented the programme.

    McGurk said in the RTÉ Guide:

    "I hope to present a picture of the forces which sent Kavanagh off to walk the sixty miles to Dublin with his first volume of poems in his pocket a few months before the Hitler war; the forces which caused a young farmer of little formal education 'to lisp in numbers and find it was his very life', the forces which created the most important Irish poet since Yeats."
    (6 April, 1973, Vol. 10, No. 14, p.9)

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    Patrick Kavanagh, Poet, Poetry, Annie Kavanagh, Mary Kavanagh, Tarry Flynn, Dundalk, Inniskeen, Monaghan, Tom McGurk, Kieran Sheedy
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Dundalk, Inniskeen, Monaghan
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
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    English (eng)
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    English (eng)