Portraits of Brendan Kennelly

          "A writer is not interested in explaining reality, he's interested in capturing it." 
Brendan Kennelly

Brendan Kennelly: Behind the Smile 
by Dr Sandrine Brisset was launched during a sumptuous party in honour of the poet's 77th birthday. Guests included many well-known Irish figures, including Mary Black, David Norris, Hugo MacNeill, Micheal O'Siadhal, Seamus Hosey, Noel O'Grady, Franky Gavin and many others. The book was launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan who gave a remarkable speech on the occasion. Brendan Kennelly recited his poem 'Raglan Lane' to celebrate the birth of the new imprint, Raglan Books.


                                                                              Irish Poet Brendan Kennelly from Trinity College Dublin and Seamus Hosey from RTE       
                                    Launch of Brendan Kennelly: Behind the Smile

                        Irish Poet Brendan Kennelly at the Shelbourne Hotel with his friends and his family including Doodle Kennelly                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photos of the launch are by Craig Williams


                                                                                                   Irish Poet Brendan Kennelly from Trinity College Dublin photographed by his biographer Sandrine Brisset

                                           Brendan Kennelly, May 2012                                                                                                 

                                                              Irish Poet Brendan Kennelly from Trinity College Dublin and President Micheal D Higgins photographed by Sandrine Brisset in the Aras an Uachtarain

                                                                                                                                           Brendan Kennelly and Michael D.  Higgins, March 2013



 Irish Poet Brendan Kennelly with his birthday cake surrounded by Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Rugby Player Hugo MacNeill and Sandrine Brisset       


                              Irish Poet Brendan Kennelly discussing with RTE Presenter Seamus Hosey at the launch of his biography on the eve of his birthday