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Film: Patrick Kavanagh – No Man’s Fool

Today, November 30th, to mark the 53rd anniversary of the death of Ireland’s great poet and novelist Patrick Kavanagh, we are delighted to bring you Sé Merry Doyle’s award-winning documentary ‘Patrick Kavanagh: No Man’s Fool’ from The Loopline Collection at The Irish Film Institute.

The film is a rich visual journey, exposing the contradiction that existed between Kavanagh’s public persona and his poetry.  

It maps out Kavanagh’s journey from his native Inniskeen in County Monaghan, to Dublin where he spent most of his life. 

Against the odds Kavanagh survived great poverty and ill health to deliver a canon of powerful and evocative poetry and writings, which included the poems ‘On Raglan Road’, ‘The Great Hunger’ and the novel ‘Tarry Flynn’.  

This powerful film is a rich and diverse portrait of the great poet, with contributions from Irish actor T.P. McKenna, poets John Montague, Leland Bardwell, Macdara Woods and Dermot Healy and also Kavanagh’s one time girlfriend Deirdre Manifold.

Kavanagh’s poems are read by actor Gerard McSorley with music by Ger Kiely. Sé Merry Dolye’s film was voted ‘Best Documentary’ by the Boston Film Festival.

Watch the film here

Thank you to Loopline Film and the Irish Film Institute.