Saturday, October 21, 2017

Marino Casino - John Sheahan and Eamonn Campbell (The Dubliners)

Eamonn Campbell died on the 18th of October. Originally from Drogheda Co. Louth he was born on the 26th of November 1946 and I believe it was on his suggestion that the Dubliners would record with the Pogues. Many other credits to his name but he was one of the legends of the Irish Music scene. Here he performs with John Sheahan. With thanks to Lemurie who posted and youtube.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Ledwidge Issue/Boyne Berries!

The Ledwidge Issue/Boyne Berries!

Boyne Berries 22 is a special issue commemorating the centenary of the death of war poet Francis Ledwidge who was killed at Passchendaele in 1917. Born at Janeville near Slane, County Meath and only 29 years of age when he died he was sometimes known as the "poet of the blackbirds". Many of the pieces here reflect in some way on the nature of conflict or its awful aftermath, or by direct connection to the places he knew or knew best and really it's one for your bookshelf  or especially for those with an interest in the poets of WW1 or with any connection to County Meath. Edited by Orla Fay, The Ledwidge Issue is priced at €10. Cover image is by Rory O' Sullivan. Boyne Berries link to the right.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Magazine Launch/The Meath Writers' Circle!

The Meath Writers' Circle/3rd Annual Magazine 2017!

The launch of our third annual magazine takes place in Jack Quinn's of Scurlogstown (Téach Scurlog) on Friday the 3rd of November at 7.30 pm and all are invited to attend. The magazine includes both poetry and prose and pieces that are of historical interest and for the first time we've included a section on junior poets that is sure to be of interest. Refreshments will be served on the night and if you are looking for something that would make an ideal gift for the Christmas or perhaps have a friend or relative abroad then the magazine would make a beautiful present. Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tom Petty - Learning To Fly

One for Tom. R.I.P. With thanks to youtube and TomPettyVevo for loading.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Meath Writers' Circle/October Meeting 2017!

The Meath Writers' Circle/October Meeting 2017!

About eleven people turned out for the October meeting of The Meath Writers' Circle in the Trim Castle Hotel with some discussion on both the Christmas Party and a launch date and place for our annual magazine. Details of these will hopefully be finalized next week. Given a number of difficulties though the party is now set for early February and we should have all info on this in the next few days. Poems and stories were also read and the best poem of the night must go to Willie for his reading of "Autumn" a poem he wrote for the An Tobar group in Ardbraccan where the theme was just that. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2017!

The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2017!

Francis Ledwidge
The closing date for this one is the 5th of November and the winner will receive both a cash prize and a plaque inscribed with his or her name (A keepsake).  There will also be cash prizes and books for the second and third places and merit certificates for the other finalists. The first 3 poems will be entered in the Forward Prize UK. In addition, the winner will invited to read at the annual Francis Ledwidge Commemoration at the National War Memorial Gardens in July 2018.

The poems must be the competitor's own work and not previously published or broadcast and must not exceed 40 lines. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The entry fee is €5 per poem and made payable to the Inchicore Ledwidge Society. Name and address on a separate sheet of paper. Send S.A.E. or e-mail address for winners' list. Poems will not be returned.

Send to: The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award 2017, C/o 20, Emmet Crescent. Inchicore, Dublin 8. Check out  on Facebook page: Inchicore Ledwidge Society

Saturday, September 30, 2017

SiarScéal Festival 2017!

Hanna Greally International Literary Awards 2017!

The closing date for this one is fast approaching (Tuesday 10th October 2017) and entries may be submitted online or by post. €10 for three entries and entries may consist of poetry and /or short-story/prose compositions that have not been previously published. The overall prize winner will receive a publishing package deal from the Manuscript Publisher valued at € 2000 and a cash prize of € 700 will be awarded for 1st prize. Trophy prizes will be awarded to Highly Commended entries in the various categories and the Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will be presented to a local winner. There are a number of terms and conditions with regard to the overall prize and competition rules require that entries must not have been previously published. 

Send your postal entries to: Mary Butler, a/County Librarian, Roscommon County Council Library Service, Abbey Street, Roscommon Town. 

For further information and to check out terms and conditions go to:
Also the above to enter online.

The theme for this year is: Beneath Western Skies