Patrick Kavanagh


An award winning film commissioned by Monaghan County Council to celebrate the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh and the landscape that inspired his craft.

It features stunning readings of favourites such as Raglan RoadA Christmas Childhood and Stony Grey Soil amongst others.

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre is located in a deconsecrated church in Inniskeen, County Monaghan which was re-opened in July 2020 following a €1.2 million restoration and development of a new visitor experience and event space.

Patrick Kavanagh, one of Ireland’s greatest poets, was born here in Inniskeen in 1904. He died in 1967 and is buried in the adjoining graveyard.

The exhibition centrepiece is a triple-projection titled ‘The Pincer Jaws of Heaven’, designed to “envelop visitors with a cinematic flying journey”, and connect them with the raw power of Kavanagh’s words and the landscapes that inspired them.

Key poetic works are read by Kavanagh, plus an eclectic selection of friends and fellow poets including Oliver CallanEvelyn Conlon and John McArdle.

This 15 minute short film was recently awarded the prestigious European Heritage in Motion award for 2020 in the best Film & Video category.

The visitor experience at the Patrick Kavanagh Centre honours his life, his writing, and his continuing legacy. Kavanagh’s universal themes of Soul, Love, Beauty, Nature and God are timeless and will resonate in the hearts of readers of all ages for many generations to come.

Client : Monaghan County Council

Starring : Joe Purcell, Mark McAuley and Ava Farrell

Poem Readers : Evelyn Conlon, Joe Purcell, Art Agnew, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Una Agnew, Oliver Callan, Moya Cannon, John McArdle & Patrick Kavanagh

Director : Luke Leslie Cinematographer : Burschi Wojnar

Focus Puller : Mark Hannon

1st Assistant Camera : Sam Mulcahy

Original Score : Jonathan Casey

Musicians : Lynda O’Connor (Violin) Ailbhe MCDonagh (Cello)

Wardrobe : Róisín Kenny

Hair & Make-up : Julie Caulfield

Production Design : James Donnelly

Standby Props : Steven Kingston

Props : Michael Cummin

Locations : Colm Nolan

Post Production : Luke Leslie / Buckled Cranium

Aerial Footage : Theo Jebb / Sonder Visuals

AV Installation: John Anderson

Archive Footage : VideoHive, Shutterstock, iStock & RTÉ Archives

Special Thanks : Art Agnew, Ann Curtis, AMPM Hire, Tom Lennon, Leah Leslie, Noel Murphy at Northern Sound, Castle Leslie Estate, The Inniskeen Village Community & Kavanagh Family.