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Name Inniskeen County Monaghan Nearest Town Carrickmacross Access Road N2 More Virtual Tours Click for more About Inniskeen is a picturesque village in County Monaghan on the border with County Louth.

Inniskeens claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of the famous Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh in 1904.

The village houses the Patrick Cavanagh Visitor Centre where you can learn all about the great poet.

His father was a shoemaker, and Patrick also entered the trade after leaving school.

Kavanagh never got beyond 6th class, he once said “I majored in kicking a rag ball”, but his education continued as he sat at his father’s side and as he carried out the routine chores on their farm.

For twenty years he lived a life as an ordinary young Irish farmer of the period, toiling for pocket money in fields he expected some day to inherit.

Like all the other local farmers, he bought and sold at fairs and markets, went to Sunday Mass, attended wakes, funerals and weddings of neighbours, played pitch and toss at the crossroads, cycled to dances.

He was also goalkeeper for the Inniskeen Gaelic football team.

Kavanagh began writing verses at a young age and he began submitting poems to local and national newspapers.

He became increasingly dissatisfied with life as a small farmer, and in 1938 he left Inniskeen for London and remained there for about five months.

In 1939 he finally settled in Dublin where he achieved great fame for his writings.

Each year a festival is held in the Visitor Centre where his plays are performed.

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