The result of the Boyne Writers Swift Festival Satire competition is a Galway one two:
1. Elizabeth Power, Galway. Oh Come, all ye faithful.
2. Maureen Gallagher, Galway. We are where we are.
3. Margaret Costello, Drogheda. Letter from Christine LaGarde.
The judge was Donal Kelly, RTE.
Judge's comment: Tight, spare, writing and lightness of touch lifted the winning entry clear of the pack. In contrast, many of the others made heavy weather in referencing the faults of builders, bankers and politicians. Four years into the recession it was all a bit passe. The exception was the runner-up who showed imagination and humour and gave us a neat Swiftian ending.
The winner is invited to read her winning entry at the official opening of the Trim Swift Festival on Thursday next.