Sunday, February 15, 2009

Caomhnú National Poetry and Short Story Competitions

Just back from Cavan where I attended the presentation of awards for the Caomhnú competitions. A very enjoyable ceremony. Presentations by the judges, Noel Monahan - poetry and Shane Connaughton - short stories. Above: Noel presenting me with my certificate.

These were the results:
Caomhnú Crannóg Bookshop Short Story Competition.
1. Eddie Stack - Bobogue. 2. Joan Power - The Landlord.
3. Patricia Byrne - As It Was.
Highly Commended: Eileen Condon- A Holy Terror; Eddie Stack - Granada and Me; Gloria Carretero - Red, Yellow and Ash; Declan Sweeney - A Silver Hammer.

National Poetry Competition:
1. Honor Duff - Hare's Breath. 2. Gavan Duffy - Violation.
3. Philip Quirke - Crab in a Rockpool.
Highly Commended: Brendan Carey Kinane - Derrygimma; Tony O'Dwyer - Dream; Michael Farry - Asking for Directions; Patrick Devaney - Siskin; Betty Cleary - January Thoughts; Honor Duff - King Hawk; Barbara Smith - The Dairy Shed.

Meath/Louth LitLab was well represented in the awards, Honor Duff, Patrick Devaney and myself are members. Boyne Writers Group were represented by Brendan Carey Kinane and myself. Nice also to meet Barbara Smith who blogs here.

Thanks to Cavan Arts Office for the event and for the very enjoyable and appreciated lunch.


Emerging Writer said...

That's wonderful Michael. Congrats. And High Five to Joan Power and Barbara Smith. You're in great company.

BarbaraS said...

Like I said a great day out and wonderful to meet new writers and forge connections - makes the writing world a little less lonely :)

Peter Goulding said...

Congratulations, Michael. You must be well on the way to a first collection now. Is there a link to the poem anywhere?

Michael Farry said...

Thanks Peter, no link anywhere. I hesitate to publish it on the blog because I might enter it again in another competition. Rules can be hazy - does highly commended mean it got an award? No. also publication even on a blog can often rule a poem ineligible for competition or publication in a magazine. said...

Hi Michael,
I just came across your blog. Sorry I missed the award ceremony for the Caomhnu Awards. Glad it was a good day.

beir búa,

eddie stack