On the Bench

Patrick Kavanagh ~ Bronze
John Coll

Patrick Kavanagh was the son of a cobbler and farmer and he grew up in Inniskeen, County Monaghan.  Many of his poems were autobiographical.  In 1936 his first volume of poems, “Ploughman and Other Poems”, was published.  He died in 1967 and was buried in Inniskeen.

Don’t sit on the hat! 😉

Dublin, became his beloved second home and he is immortalized according to his wishes:  “O commemorate me with no hero-courageous/ Tomb — just a canal-bank seat for the passer-by.

View from Baggot Street Bridge

So you will find him at one with the tranquil surroundings of Dublin’s Grand Canal, between Baggot Street and Leeson Street.  peacefully seated on a tree-shaded bench, the poet surveys the dark, slow-moving water—as he did in life—and there’s plenty of room beside him for those who wish to join in the meditation.

View from the bench, looking towards Leeson Street

On Raglan Road is a well-known Irish song from a poem written by Patrick Kavanagh.  This version includes the Poets own voice.

13 thoughts on “On the Bench

  1. Nancy

    “there is just something about the Irish. they have some of the greatest novelists, poets, songwriters, and musicians in world for how small of the population they represent in the world. ”


    The above is one of the comments posted at YouTube about the singing of “Raglan Road”.

    How could anyone say it better?

  2. Alice

    Having just returned a week or so back, I can only say that Ireland surprised me. It really is the emerald isle, at least 40 shades of green. Would like to return some day at a more leisurely pace!

  3. Frank B Smith

    Thanks for that post, it brings back fond memories. The last time I was in Dublin, I made it a point to walk the Grand Canal from Ringsend to Kilmainham. However, that particular spot is one that I had often passed many times before. Can one be homesick for a place that was never one’s home?

  4. Grannymar Post author

    Alice – I often say, Ireland may be small in size, but it takes time to really see and enjoy. Time to stop and soak up the atmosphere, the scenery and the people.

    Judy – Bronze men are about my speed these days! 😆

    Frank – I think we all adopt a second home along the road of life, just as Patrick Kavanagh did with Dublin.

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