Saturday, October 12, 2019

An Tobar ~ Poetry for Pleasure/ October 2019!

At An Tobar, Ardbraccan

Everybody welcome to our Poetry Group on
Next session Tuesday evening 15th October at 7.30pm
The guiding theme for October is ‘Equinox or endings or just the time of year
People can bring a poem that has a special meaning for them  
People can come and listen to others read
The session in good An Tobar style is followed by a cuppa.
 For further information please feel welcome to contact
Ø Jim Owens 087 967 6728,  Email:
Ø Carol Owens  Email:  
                              Ø Jackie Smyth (An Tobar) 046 9078973                                                                Email:
 An Tobar, Ardbraccan, Co Meath

Suggested donation: €5

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Jester of the Kingdom 2019!

Tralee Humorous Verse Competition 2019!

The final of this competition will take place in the Kerins O' Rahilly's clubhouse in Tralee on Friday the 18th of October at 8 pm, though finalists are requested to register no later than 7.40 pm with Sonia Elston. There is over €400 in prize money to be won and the judges on the night are: Noel King and two yet to be appointed. Open Mic and before a live audience with live music and dancing by Beautiful Noise. Until late! The poems will be printed in a book which will be on sale on the night (€4) with a proviso that the work is copyright and must not be reproduced without the writer's consent. For further info contact Sonia at 087 219 5406 or e-mail at 

By coincidence  Friday the 18th is the Graduating Day at Tralee IT and anyone visiting the Kingdom or looking for a night's entertainment or celebration following the award ceremonies are guaranteed a great time.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

The Meath Writers' Circle/October 2019!

The Meath Writers' Circle ~ Meeting/October 2019!

Sean Reilly, Sean Kane and Willie G. Hodgins
A few Bravehearts made it out to our October meeting last Thursday night in the midst of what was not such inclement weather, given all the forecasts. Code somewhere between yellow and green I'd say, though along the west coast it wasn't too pleasant at all. When I left the house the rain was bucketing down but ten minutes later the sky cleared  and the night turned sort of quiet for a while. The magazine is now with the printer and after a last look-see should be good to go. The launch will be in November and more details or information to follow in a week or so. Hopefully all goes well. The rest of the night was given over to a few stories and poems and a discussion as to who might do the honours as to the launch! Looking good so far and a big thank you to everyone who something in. 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award 2019!

The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award 2019!

The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award has a closing date of the 5th of November with a first prize of the Ledwidge Plaque inscribed with the winner's name plus a cash prize. There are cash prizes and books for second and third places with merit prizes for finalists. In addition the winner will be invited to read at the annual Francis Ledwidge Commemoration at the National War Memorial Gardens in July 2020. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into following the results. The poems must be the competitor's own work and not previously published or broadcast. Not to exceed 40 lines of type. The entry fee is €5 per poem or 4 for €15. The max number of poems you can enter is 6. Fees payable to The Inchicore Ledwidge Society. Please put your name and telephone number on a separate sheet. S.A.E. or email address for winners' list. Poems will not be returned. Send your entries to: 

The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2019,
C/o 20, Emmet Cresent.
Inchicore, Dublin 8. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

An Tobar ~ Poetry for Pleasure/September 2019!

An Tobar ~ Poetry for Pleasure/ September 2019!

The Autumn season of poetry readings commenced last Tuesday night in Ardbraccan with a theme on "Birds" and brought some interesting contributions that strayed a little perhaps but some great pieces were read. John Quinn's The Blessing of the Bog was the lead off and not one I'd heard before, followed by Eugene Kane reading his own poem My Little Pigs. Blackbird by John Drinkwater was next and Jim Owens read his own piece The Divine Gardener. Staying close to that thread Seamus Heaney's St. Kevin and the Blackbird was followed by Summer and Fall, credited to Anonymous. Many good poems to his name. Creed by Norman Gale was another piece I hadn't come across before and definitely worth a look-see. The Song of the Bee by Nancy Nelson Pendleton was followed by my own Fledgling Accounts and John Sheahan's Autumn and the night finished off with Thomas Hardy's The Darkling Thrush. The next meeting is on Tuesday the 15th of October with a theme on the Equinox or endings or just the time of year. All are welcome.    

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Boyne Berries 26/Launch!

Boyne Berries 26/Launch!

The poet Maurice Devitt will launch the above magazine in the Castle Arch Hotel in Trim Co. Meath on Thursday the 3rd of October at 8 pm and all are welcome. A special feature of this issue will be the inclusion of the poems shortlisted for the Trim Poetry Competition in 2018 and information as to the names included is available on the Boyne Berries Blogsite: Link to the right. Maurice Devitt holds an MA in Poetry Studies from the Mater Dei and was a winner of the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland and placed and shortlisted in many others. He was selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions in 2016 and was a featured poet at the Transylvania festival in 2015 and a guest speaker at the John Berryman Centenary Conference in both Dublin and Minneapolis. Also nominated for the Pushcart, Forward and Best of the Net Prizes. He is the curator of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies site and has recently published his debut collection: Growing Up in Colour - Doire Press. A number of his videos available on youtube and worth a visit. The above information from the Boyne Berries site. So if you happen to find yourself in the south Meath area on the night why not drop in for a visit.

* The Launch of Boyne Berries 26 has been cancelled due to weather conditions forecast for tomorrow night, Thursday the 3rd of October !  It will be launched on a date yet to be decided. 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Meath Writers' Circle/September 2019!

The Meath Writers' Circle/ September Meeting 2019!

Paul Martin, Willie G. Hodgins and Eugene Kane
With some away on holidays or pilgrimage and the meeting being brought forward to Wednesday last only a small number of five in total turned out for our September meeting. Not like the times when we averaged about fourteen or fifteen, but such is life. (Won't attribute that!) The magazine proof arrived and reading through at the moment before passing it on. Hopefully all turns out good. The magazine launch will be sometime in November and yet to be decided. One for the next meeting! Some interesting poems were read and stories told.