Thursday 27 July 2017

Poetic licence at Kennelly's 80th birthday bash

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina attend Brendan Kennelly’s 80th birthday celebrations at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina attend Brendan Kennelly’s 80th birthday celebrations at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Photo: Douglas O’Connor

Jane O'Faherty

Poets, friends and the President of Ireland gathered in the Abbey Theatre to celebrate the birthday and legacy of one of the country's greatest living writers.

Kerry poet Brendan Kennelly, who has just turned 80, was honoured in a packed ceremony.

The former Trinity lecturer's dedication to teaching young people and prisoners was also remembered.

Speaking at the event, President Michael D Higgins said Brendan's influence on Irish arts and society has been "immense".

"I think it has been above all else generous," President Higgins said. "Brendan is just a splendid, wonderful person who belongs to the world and will always belong to the world."

Irish Independent

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