Friday 19 January 2018

The good sisters believe they have already paid their dues

Gerard O'Regan

They were an unlikely duo to put it mildly – the alcoholic vagabond poet Patrick Kavanagh, and the austere, uncompromising, religious dictator of his time, Archbishop John Charles McQuaid.

And what brought them together was money.

Kavanagh famously abandoned the "stony grey soil of Monaghan'' for what would prove to be a lifetime of relative poverty in the much documented 1950s' Dublin literary scene.

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