The Trustees of the Estate of Katherine Kavanagh intend to offer the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship, of up to €8,000, again in 2021. The Fellowship is specifically for Irish poets in their middle years.

Patrick Kavanagh’s widow Katherine wrote in her will: ‘In the light of certain conversations that I had with my late husband I am of the opinion that poets can best benefit from grants, bursaries, loans or any manner of financial assistance during their “middle years,” that is to say that period of their creative life when they have established that they are capable of work of merit and before they are too old to reap the full benefit of such assistance.’

Poets in order to be eligible must have published a substantial body of work, and show that they are in particular need of assistance.

Poets who think they may be entitled to apply are strongly advised to request further information on the conditions of application for the Fellowship, by writing to the Trustees at 3, Selskar Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, or by email to

Applicants are asked to submit documentary evidence of age, of citizenship, and (particularly important) of current income, along with copies of published work, and a statement as to how the Fellowship might be used if it were awarded. Published work cannot be returned unless a stamped addressed envelope is provided or sufficient postage enclosed. The Trustees will keep all personal information which is submitted confidential.

The Fellowship will be awarded in November 2021.

The deadline for applications is 10th September 2021.

The Trustees are Moya Cannon, Hugh Mohan, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Eunan O’Halpin and Peter Sirr.

Registered charity No. 20033026.  The Trustees have complied with the Charities Governance Code.







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