Kavanagh summer festival

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THE Patrick Kavanagh Centre will host a High Nelly Restoration Workshop on

THE Patrick Kavanagh Centre will host a High Nelly Restoration Workshop on

Saturday 8 June as part of its July Evening Festival.

It will be part of their Inniskeen Road: July Evening festival.

Owners of these classic bicycles are invited to bring them along to get expert instruction on the repair and maintenance.

This is an opportunity not to be missed. You can have your trusty steed repaired by a specialist mechanic and learn how to keep it in good working order.

Perhaps you might bring it back to Inniskeen on the weekend of 12 July to take part in the cycle to Billy Brennan’s Barn, thus re-creating the scene immortalised in Kavanagh’s poem.

The workshop will take place in the beautifully restored Church of Ireland building in the centre of the village.

The event is free of charge, but you are advised to book a place in advance with the Kavanagh Centre. There will be a limit to the number of bikes which can be accommodated. Contact the Kavanagh Centre on 042-9378560.

Meanwhile, the Patrick Kavanagh Student Poetry Award is organised by the Patrick Kavanagh Society with support from Co. Monaghan VEC.

It is open to students of second-level schools in Counties Armagh, Cavan, Fermanagh, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, and Tyrone.

Details, rules of the competition and entry-forms are available from the

Patrick Kavanagh Centre. Closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 31 May at 4pm.

Presentation of this year’s certificates and prizes will be on Sunday 29 September 2013 in the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen. Winning schools will be given good notice of same.

The annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend takes place in Inniskeen from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September.

The weekend is one of the most prestigious literary festivals in the country and the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award which is announced at the festival every year, is Ireland’s best known poetry award.

The festival was originally held in November the month Kavanagh died.