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: www.SiarSceal.com/competitions
Also the above to enter online.

The theme for this year is: Beneath Western Skies

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Meath Land Commission/Heritage Group!

Dunshaughlin Library/Harvest Festival!

Meath  Land Commission/Heritage Group

As part of the Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival the Meath Land Commission Heritage Group held an information day at Dunshaughlin Library last Saturday to showcase the heritage of the Resettlement Programme. The event was followed by an evening of stories, music, poetry and song. Chaired by Michael Durkan the group is interested in compiling a publication and can be contacted at : meathlc@gmail.com

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Ledwidge Issue/Photos!

The Ledwidge Issue/Boyne Berries 22, Autumn 2017!

Francis Browne, Ciaran Mangan and Orla Fay
Orla Fay, Ciaran Mangan and Caroline Carey Finn
Liam Cahill, Michael Farry and Paddy Smith
Michael Farry and Richard Hawtree
Orla Fay and Ciaran Mangan
Ciaran Mangan of Meath County Library did the honours at last Friday's launch of the Boyne Berries literary magazine in the Castle Arch Hotel in Trim County Meath.  This was a special issue commemorating the poet Francis Ledwidge who was killed at the battle of Passchendaele in 1917 during WW1.  Above are some photos taken on the night.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

An Tobar/Poetry for Pleasure!

An Tobar/Poetry for Pleasure


An Tobar/Ardbraccan, Navan.


The summer break over, the Poetry for Pleasure group at An Tobar recommenced last night with readings on a poetic theme relating to the season of autumn. Poems read included, Autumn by Willie G. Hodgins, Autumn Leaves by Jacques Prevert/Johnny Mercer, The Deserted Village by Oliver Goldsmith, The Wild Swans of Coole by W.B. Yeats, The Diary of a Church Mouse by John Betjeman, The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W.B. Yeats, The Meteorological Fall and The Astronomical Fall by Carol Owens, The Death of a Field by Paula Meehan, Robin Redbreast by William Alingham, All-Hallows Eve by Francis Ledwidge, September 1913 by W.B. Yeats, An Evening by Francis Ledwidge, Ode to Autumn by John Keats, The Solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth and a prose reading, School Report on the Teacher by George Knightley. The next get-together is on Tuesday the 17th of October and the theme is on something along the same lines. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Boyne Berries 22 Launch!

Boyne Berries 22 Launch!
                                                       
A special edition commemorating the death of war poet Francis Ledwidge will be launched this Friday night in the Castle Arch Hotel in Trim by Meath County Librarian, Ciaran Mangan. Entry to the event is free and many of those who contributed poems or other material will be there for what promises to be a special occasion. More details and information over on the Boyne Berries and Orla Fay blogsites. Links to the right! Tea and coffee will be served after the readings and the book will retail at €10. So if poetry or war poetry or just good writing or WW1 is your interest, why not come along! Start time 8 pm.  



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Blossom or the Bole/ Pheme Glass

The Blossom or the Bole/ Pheme Glass


Set against the religious difference and community divide of rural Tyrone in the days leading up to and the outbreak of world war one, the friendship of two boys and their decision to enlist will have far reaching consequence and leave no happy ending. The play out of events and expectations on both sides will separate them and the outcome for them and for many of their comrades caught in either of the conflicts will leave too many scars. The turbulent years between 1914 and 1921 would leave a divided country but friendships such as here seem to endure in some way or other.

Pheme Glass is a native of Cookstown, County Tyrone and this is her first novel. She has published a collection of poetry, "Seeds of Memory" in 2013. "The Blossom or the Bole" is published by Shanway Press, Belfast and retails at €12. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Meath Writers' Circle/September Meeting 2017!

The Meath Writers' Circle/September Meeting 2017!

Jamie Rennicks and Willie G. Hodgins
Carmel Murray, Jamie Rennicks and Willie G Hodgins
Paul Martin, Gemma Macey, Carmel Murray, Pat Bennett, Jamie Rennicks, Verona Pentony , Willie  G. Hodgins,
Eugene Kane, Patrick Nolan and Rex Lee.
About twelve people turned out last night for the September meeting of The Meath Writers' Circle with a presentation made to Jamie Rennicks of the Meath River Rescue by Willie Hodgins on behalf of the group. Other items discussed at the meeting included the launch of our magazine and a mention or two of our annual Christmas party. We also found time to read a poem or two and Sean read us an interesting take on the television soap opera. There was also a mention of the late and great Benedict Kiely. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Saggart Heritage & Arts Centre

10th Annual Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards!


Ms Maria Wallace and Mervyn Ennis
The closing date for this one is Monday the 2nd of October 2017 and entries may be in Irish or English. The work must be the author's own original work and not have been published or broadcast. Poems not to exceed 45 lines and must be typed in plain font Times Roman point 12 single spacing on plain white A4 sheet, without decoration or illustration. Entrant's names not to appear on the typescript but only on the entry form which can be downloaded from their Facebook page. A cover charge of €4 per poem, or three for €10 with a max of 6 poems, €5 for prose. Entries made payable to Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards.

Ms Maria Wallace, Award winning Catalan/Tallagh Author and Poet will judge the competition. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be notified seven days in advance and must be prepared to read their work if possible at the awards night at the Heritage centre in Saggart Dublin on the 28th of October 2017.  

Address entries to : Margaret Ennis "Teach Giuise", Boherboy, Saggart, Co. Dublin.



Friday, September 1, 2017

Swords Heritage Week 2017!

Annual Literary Awards 2017!

Cllr. Mary McCamley the Mayor of Fingal
And Pauline Giffney
Made it up to Swords on Wednesday night for the Annual Literary Awards which were presented by the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Mary McCamley. The winner of the McDonagh Trophy for poetry went to Pauline Giffney for her poem, I'd Love To Be At My Own Funeral  and the short story award, The Tom O' Shea Trophy went to Anne Lawlor for her story, The Good Suit. The award for "What Swords Means To Me" and the Betty Brown Trophy went to Joseph Smyth for A Sea Town Childhood. Managed to make it on to the short list but that was it. The trophies though are beautiful and Bernadette Marks and others are to be congratulated for what is perhaps one of the best presentation nights in the country. The venue was The Lord Mayor's, Main Street and a lot more information and the second and third places if you click on the link to Swords Heritage below.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Braveheart & Myths and Legends

Salmon of Knowledge Festival, Trim 2017!





Cllr. Noel French did the honours at the launch of The Castle Art Group's, Braveheart & Myths and Legends at The Salmon of Knowledge Festival last Sunday. This booklet is a selection of paintings by Anne Crinion, Jenny Anderson, Sheila Keating, Angela Keliher, Teresa McCole and June Smith. The painting are on display at the Trim Tourist Office and St Joseph's Community Nursing Unit, Trim and include scenes of Trim Castle, The Salmon of Knowledge by Angela Keliher, the Fairy Ring Fort At Laracor by Anne Crinion, the Children of Lir by Teresa McCole, the Echo Gate by June Smith and Tara by Sheila Keating. Also included in the booklet is some history on the filming of Braveheart in 1994 and a number of paintings of Trim Castle during its construction for the film with painting of production marquees as well. Noel French is a noted historian and Director of The Meath Heritage Centre.  


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Seven Arch Bridge Trim.

Packhorse Bridge/Scurlogstown Trim!


Over twenty people turned out on Thursday night for a talk by Paul Kerr on the history and details of what remains of the old Packhorse or seven arch bridge over the Knightsbrook river which is just up the road from Scurlogstown. A lot of the vegetation and growth that obscured it has now been removed and what is an important part the local heritage of the area is now visible and can be preserved for future generations and perhaps further enhanced. Something of the history of this type of construction can be found over on Wikipedeia and other sites and is worth a read through to get an idea of how important this bridge must have been to commerce in the Trim area. The road or pathway that crossed the bridge equally so but perhaps long forgotten. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Family Fun Day Scurlogstown 2017!

Family Fun Day Scurlogstown 2017/Photos!



Although it rained heavily and then some and Mayo were playing Kerry in Croke Park, people still turned out to the Folk Park at Scurlogstown for the beginning of Heritage Week. A few photos taken before I left to watch the game!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival!

Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival 2017!




The Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival is on Sunday the 27th of August with a number of events running throughout the day including adventure races on the Boyne, a production and re-enactment of the catching of the Salmon of Knowledge by the Trim Musical Society and the Trim Drama Group, a story that many will be familiar with from their schooldays, the Salmon of Knowledge Experience by Gerry Meade, the crowning of the Goddess Boann (Queen of the Boyne), novelty races, activities and amusements, cultural traditions with music and dance, stalls from the Trim and Boyne Valley regions, poetry from local writers with readings from 2 to 4pm and a book launch by the Castle Arts group at 2pm, and ending with an evening and night of entertainment throughout Trim venues. And all of this coincides with the start of the Race Around Ireland. Full details of everything on the day if you go to the Trim Tourism website. 

Trim Tourism Network

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Family Fun Day/Scurlogstown Heritage Park 2017!

Family Fun Day/Scurlogstown Heritage Park 2017


Jack Quinn's Public House
Scurlogstown/Heritage Sunday

As part of Heritage Week the Scurlogstown Olympiad group will be holding a "Family Fun Day" in the Heritage Park just across the road from Jack Quinn's on Sunday the 20th of August. All are welcome with games for the children, music and poetry and Pet's Corner and if you should be thirsty just over the road is one of the best known pubs in Meath. Just outside Trim on the main Dublin road Scurlogstown is close to some of the most important visitor attractions in the county and if you happen to be passing on the day why not stop in for a while!



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Poetry Reading/St Elizabeth's Athboy!

Poetry Reading/St Elizabeth's Athboy.


The Meath Writers' Circle were guests last Thursday for an afternoon of poetry and song in St Elizabeth's of Athboy and would like to thank the residents and staff there for what was an enjoyable gathering. Poems that were schoolbook favourites or songs from yesteryear made for an entertaining get together and ended with light refreshments and tea for all. Again a big thank you to everyone there.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

True Grit (1969) - La Boeuf (Glen Campbell), Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne...





The remake of this is perhaps as good as the original which takes nothing from either and John Wayne won an Oscar here for playing Rooster, but both Kim Darby and Glen Campbell put in some great performances here in what is one of the great classic westerns. (As is the remake!) With thanks to youtube and ~ "Glen Campbell - a Tribute" who posted.

Glen Campbell ~ "Highwayman" (Jimmy Webb) LIVE! 1980 L.A. Forum





Sad to hear of the death of Glen Campbell, one of the great contemporary ballad singers. I remember buying an eight track cassette of his back in the early seventies or so, and while the sound from those things was something else, they had a tendency to jam and it did somewhere on the back road from Rathfeigh to Duleek  in the middle of, "Dreams of an Everyday Housewife" or maybe it was, "Gentle on my Mind". Anyway he was a fine singer and guitar player and will be missed and to borrow a line from another song, "Another piece of America's gone!" With thanks to youtube and Diamond's In The Rough who posted.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Meath Writers' Circle/August 2017!

The Meath Writers' Circle/ August 2017!


About eight or nine people turned out for the August meeting of The Meath Writers' Circle, so a small number this time. The magazine is finished and with the printer and we should have a proof to go through for our next get together. Thanks to everyone who contributed a poem or article. A number of events coming up, or possible other projects, but yet to be ironed out and interesting to see how it goes. On the night we read some poems and stories and finished off with a song.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bray Literary Festival 2017!

Bray Literary Festival 2017!


The Bray Literary Festival 2017 has prizes in two categories and a closing date of not later than 5 pm on Thursday the 31st of August. There are prizes here for both poetry and flash fiction with the winner of each category receiving €200 and the runner-up €50. The judges are Breda Wall Ryan (author of the award winning, "In a Hare's Eye ~ Doire Press) for poetry and Catherine Dunne, author of nine novels, including the award winning, "The Things we Know Now" ~ MacMillan). There are a number of terms and conditions and entry is by post only with fees at €5 for a single entry and €10 for three entries. 

Postal address: Bray Literary Festival Competitions, 9 Martello Manor, Bray, Co. Wicklow, A98 T389. 

Check out details at: Here! 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dromineer Literary Festival 2017

Dromineer Literary Festival 2017!




The closing date for the Poetry and Short Story competitions is on midnight the 18th of August 2017 so only a few weeks left to get your entries in. You can submit an unlimited number of entries for these competitions but must they must be no more than 40 lines for the poetry and 500 words for the flash fiction section. The entry fees are €5 per poem and €10 per entry in the flash fiction. Post or by email. The judges are Lisa Frank and John Walsh of Doire Press and if by post you need to download an entry form. 

Post to: Peter Hooker, Dromineer Literary Festival, Dromineer, Nenagh, Co, Tipperary.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bailieborough Poetry Prize 2017!

Bailieborough Poetry Prize 2017!



This one has a closing date for entry of Friday the 1st of September 2017 and a first prize of €300 for the winning poem. Poems must not exceed 50 lines and should be typed, single-spaced.  Up to three poems may be submitted per entry and you may submit as many entries as you wish. Entry by email or by post and details can be found on their website. Entry fee is €5 per poem or for three poems €10 is payable. The competition is open to anyone who has reached their 18th birthday by the closing date of the competition. Entries must not be currently under consideration for publication or competition elsewhere and should be previously unpublished in printed or online format. 

The judge for this year's competition Patrick Chapman and the postal address with payment in euros only, (Made payable to "LitLab") is: Bailieborough Poetry Competition, LitLab - C/O Bailieborough Library, Market Square, Bailieborough , Co Cavan.

Check out full details at : http://www.baileboroughpoetry.com 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Patrick Kavanagh - Epic





Another poem on war. The time on one that's a little more local and the year of the "Munich Bother" and gods making their own importance.  Read in An Tobar on Ledwidge night. With thanks to youtube and The Word Vault who posted.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Francis Ledwidge Night/An Tobar!

Francis Ledwidge Night/An Tobar!



Francis Ledwidge
An event to mark the centenary of the death of war poet Francis Ledwidge was held in An Tobar Ardbraccan last night. Chaired by Danny Cusack, those in attendance read some of their personal favourites or talked of his writings or reasons for going to war. Other pieces that were read  included Patrick Kavanagh's poem "Epic"  and someone read their own poem on the Blackbird, if I remember correctly. I read A Trench Conversion.  Pieces by  Ledwidge included, Stories of The Boyneside,  his poems, Soliloquy, To One Who Comes Now and Then, The Shadow People, Behind The Closed Eye, The Herons, Avalon, A Soldier's Grave, June, Ascension Thursday 1917, Druidism, Had I a Golden Pound, My Mother, A Little Boy in the Morning, The Wife of Llew, Lullaby, The Blackbirds, and there might be one or two I missed and there are some there I'm not too familiar with. There was also a mention of the Welsh poet Hedd Wyn and Danny Cusack read, The Lament for Thomas McDonagh and In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge by Seamus Heaney. The night finished off with Sean Reilly singing Thomas Moore's, The Minstrel Boy. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Age of Glass/Michael Farry

The Age of Glass/Michael Farry




This book will keep you turning the page as it moves from beginning to end. A particular take or observation on or study in depth on what it is that makes the human, it allows only for a little style, humour or contradiction that in the end knows no secret. Meticulously crafted as it move from one discipline to the next and forensic in detail the poems here slot into place to make up a greater story and are difficult to choose between. There are a number of prize winners here and "The Masterpiece is Nearing Completion" is one of the finest road poems while "An Infant Burial" has its own realizations and "Researching Louisa", which won the Goldsmith Poetry Competition in 2016 is a beautiful poem ... and if I had to cherry pick.... One for your bookshelf. This book is published by Revival Press Limerick and retails at €12. Michael Farry has a blogsite, link to the right.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Scurlogstown Olympiad Recordings 2017!

Scurlogstown Olympiad Recordings 2017!

James Linnane at the Recording Desk

This year's recordings for the Scurlogstown Olympiad CD continued in the Summerhill Comunity Centre on Friday last with James Linnane in the recording seat and no pressure! Michael Durkan was the master of ceremonies for the night and managed to get through more than thirty people who performed either a song or recited their favourite poem or recitation. The quality or standard on the night was very high and for those who have yet to perform it will have to be good. Some of the singing was superb and the surroundings contributed in no small way to the success of the occasion. The final round and place is yet to be decided on.    

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Meath Writers' Circle July Meeting 2017!

The Meath Writers' Circle July Meeting 2017!

About thirteen people turned out on Thursday night for a little poetry and prose at the Trim Castle Hotel with everyone getting to read a poem (or two - or story!). The magazine should be off to the printers in the next few weeks and interesting to see what the first proof looks like. A big thank you to everyone who contributed a piece though the launch date will not be until close to Christmas. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Remembering Ledwidge ~ Dunsany GFC.

Remembering Ledwidge ~ Dunsany GFC  


Noel French, MC for the event!
John Donohue, journalist,
reads an excerpt from Lord Dunsany's autobiography,
"My Ireland"
Jim O' Leary, Noel French and Michael Smith
Emma Griffin
reading, "To Lord Dunsany, on his return from East Africa"
Jim O' Leary of Kilmessan
reading his favourite Ledwidge poem,
"The Cobbler of Sari Gueul"
Liam Cahill, Historian, Broadcaster and Writer
discussing Ledwidge's involvement in
trade union and labour organisations prior to the Great War
Fr. Joe Deegan, parish priest of Slane
sings, "The Blackbird of Slane"
John Quinn of "Goodnight Ballivor I'll Sleep in Trim"
Talking of the Life of Francis Ledwidge
and his book on the poet.
Ledwidge cake baked by Bonnie Smith, Dunsany.
Martin Oakes and Joe Hanly
playing, "On the Road to Passchendaele" 
Composed by Major Gavin Stoddart and Alan Brydon
Frankie de Dobbelaere of the European Union Offices/Kiltale
reads, "In Flanders Fields and Duizend Soldaten" 
Peadar Donohoe cuts the Ledwidge cake.
"The countless white crosses in mute witness stand"
 Niall Brosnan sings, "The Green Fields of France/Eric Bogle

The above are just some of the photographs taken of the performers, or of those who contributed at the "Remembering Ledwidge" event in Dunsany Clubhouse on Sunday last. The event followed a cycle run from Slane taking the back roads through Beauparc, Yellow Furze, Walterstown and Skryne before ending in the GAA grounds. The scenic route and the best road if you want to avoid the traffic that is Navan. The information is with thanks to Noel French and speaking notes John Donohue.

Other readings included Ruth Hickey, "The Lament for Thomas McDonagh" and a letter sent from Lord Dunsany to Thomas McDonagh's daughter. The poem, "Soliloquy" was read by Mary Harrahill - President of The Horace Plunkett ICA Guild Dunsany and two of the pupils of Dunsany School, Matthew Moan and Jessie Agnew gave a talk on what they had learned about the poet. Also the children of the school had a project on display.  





















Saturday, July 1, 2017

Scurlogstown Olympiad Trim Haymaking Festival 2017 - Meath Daily





Here's a short video from Meath Daily TV on some of the events at The Scurlogstown Olympiad Haymaking Festival in Trim. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Dermot Healy Poetry Award 2017!

The Dermot Healy Poetry Award 2017!



The cost per poem for this one is €5 with cheques made payable to the, "Five Glens Arts Festival". Online or postal entries accepted and full details, email and postal, at the website address above. General notes require the use of blue or black ink and poems may be previously published and with no restrictions on length. But be sure to check out on website....