One Day Course: The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh, A Button Hole in Heaven with Una Agnew

One Day Course: The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh, A Button Hole in Heaven with Una Agnew

Thursday, 20 Oct 2022

9:30am – 12:30pm

The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh

A Buttonhole in Heaven

Presented by Una Agnew

Description:  Kavanagh’s poems suggest a man fascinated by God. He found God in the fields, in the hedgerows, “in the swamps and marshes.” Few writers, secular or sacred, have more persistently engaged in figuring God out. The reluctance of critics to recognise the spiritual dimension of his work may come from a reluctance to let go of the familiar image of Kavanagh as a gauche country farmer. He insists that the “angel” and the “clay” are one, both within himself and in the world at large.

The spirituality implicit in Kavanagh’s poetry is remarkably close to that of Laudato Si.’ His instinctive ecological awareness promotes a love and respect for the earth that inspires the sense of responsibility we need to care for Creation and ensure its well-being. Throughout his writing, Kavanagh sees Creation as a marriage between the sacred and the earthy. He deliberately finds “pockets of God” in what might be considered unseemly places; “where the sow roots and the hen scratches.”

Una Agnew is a St Louis Sister. She is retired and is emeritus professor at Milltown Institute, Dublin. Una is the author of The Mystical Imagination of Patrick Kavanagh (Veritas, Dublin, 2019).

 Date:  Thursday 20th October  

Time: 9.30 to 12.30pm (2 sessions)

Cost per day: €30, includes course content, tea/coffee snacks.

Optional extra: €20 per day for a delicious two course lunch prepared by a fully qualified chef using organic produce from An Tairseach’s farm and garden. Please order when booking.

Payments can be made online when registering, by direct deposit, or credit card – telephone 0404 61833.

Event Category

COURSE

Event Location

An Tairseach
Kilmantin Hill
Wicklow Town, Wicklow, A67YX26

Event Fees

Attendance in Person
€ 30.00
Attendance in Person including lunch
€ 50.00

Total Seats

20

Remaining Seats

20