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Poetic licence at Kennelly's 80th birthday bash

Jane O'Faherty

Published 24/10/2016 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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