Visitors following the North Kerry literary trail, will have a new tourist attraction to check out this autumn – a bust of poet Brendan Kennelly, which was unveiled in his native Ballylongford at the weekend.
The 79-year-old writer was back in his home town for the unveiling, which was carried out jointly by Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Mr Kennelly’s niece, Kerry County Arts Officer Kate Kennelly.
The bust was made by sculptor Jarlath Daly, and now stands in the grounds of St Michael’s Church in Ballylongford.
Despite living in Dublin since retiring as Professor of English at Trinity College, Brendan Kennelly has always stated that his greatest inspiration came from his native North Kerry.
Life-long friend and fellow writer Tony Guerin, says Ballylongford has always been part of Brendan Kennelly’s soul: