Winners of 4th Annual Ballyroan Library Poetry Competition

April 27, 2018

26th April is Poetry Day Ireland and Ballyroan Library hosted a reading with award-winning poet, historian and peacekeeper Michael J. Whelan. 

After his fantastic reading, the Highly Commended entrants, and the 3rd, 2nd and Overall 1st Place winners were announced. They were as follows: 

Highly Commended Entries (in alphabetical order): 
Black Hole by Ruth Egan
Dollymount Strand by Steve Denehan
Enough by Eithne Lannan
Pass by Diarmuid Fitzgerald
Stale Biscuits by Kevin Murtagh
The Word Caretaker by Doreen Duffy
To The Hills by Susan Flynn

Six of the seven poems have been reproduced here, with kind permission from the poets, for you to read: 
Highly Commended Entries PDF

Next, we moved on to the top three poems. Click the links below to read each of them, and see why the judge picked them: 

3rd Place: Brother by Eileen Casey 
2nd Place: In the Bath by Diarmuid Fitzgerald 
1st Place: Loughshinny Bay by Eithne Lannon 

Congratulations to our top three, and to Eithne Lannon whose poem Loughshinny Bay was the overall winner!

1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners in the 2018 Ballyroan Library World Poetry Day Competition
(left to right: Eileen Casey, Eithne Lannon and Diarmuid Fitzgerald)