North West Words

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Máire Dinny Wren wins our 2016 Irish Language Poetry Competition

Posted on Apr 2, 2017

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Photo from L to R: Breíd Lindsay (Aurivo Co-operative Society Ltd /Donegal Creameries), Máire Dinny Wren (1st prize winner), Rachel Holstead (Ealaín na Gaeltachta) and Proinsias Mac a’Bhaird (competition judge)

Máire Dinny Wren has won the North West Words, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and Aurivo/Donegal Creameries Irish Language Poetry Competition 2016. What a night of Craic agus Ceol. Thursday 30th March was the award night and Máire Dinny Wren received the €250 first prize sponsored by Ealaín na Gaeltachta and the Donegal Creameries/Aurivo Perpetual Cup for an Irish Language poem.

Thank you to all the shortlisted poets who came from Dublin, Belfast and Donegal to read their poems: Michéal O Ruairc; Seosamh Ó Murchú; Gearóid DeBriotún; Sean O’Muireagáin; Dubhán Ó Longháin; and, Máire Dinny Wren. It was a treat to listen to every poem.

The night started with readings of the shortlisted poems, and was compered by the warm and wonderful, Áine Durkin. Then the judge, Proinsias Mac a’Bhaird, gave us an insight into why he chose each poem. He skillfully lead us through the strength, majesty and mystery of each poem. A special thanks to Proinsias for the obvious care he’d taken in all his choices.

After the break, we were treated to trad music by Noel Lenaghan, and the Orr brothers. This was followed by the open mic with Guy Stephenson, Nick Griffiths and Mary Turley McGrath.

Thanks to all who contributed to a lovely evening in celebration of Irish Language poetry and especially our competition sponsors Ealaín na Gaeltachta with their representative Rachel Holstead, and Donegal Creameries/Aurivo Co-operative Society Ltd with their representative Breíd Lindsay, and of course, Florence Food Co with their lovely venue and great food and beverages.