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A special day of celebration to mark the 80th birthday of north Kerry poet and novelist Brendan Kennelly is taking place in Listowel today.

Brendan Kennelly was Professor of Modern Literature at Trinity College.

The day long series of events will begin with a viewing of the documentary “River of Words” as well as a Brendan Kennelly Literary Tour.

It will conclude with a celebration of the work and life of the poet with Gabriel Fitzmaurice, The Kennelly family, Dr Mark Hederman and poets Michael Coady and Katie Donovan.

His sister Nancy Kennelly says Brendan has been in Dublin for sixty years but has never forgotten his roots.