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Gathering 2018

Festival Programme 



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Be Inspired The Great Longford Writer

Submissions are NOW CLOSED for the Padraic Colum Gathering 2018 Poetry Competition. We received almost 100 entries to both competitions.

Well-known author, Alan McMonagle and acclaimed poet, Noel Monahan have adjudicated the competition and winners will be announced at the Padraic Colum Gathering 2018 (September 20th - 22nd). Please note: Alan and Noel will be giving poetry workshops on Saturday, September 22nd at 10.30am in Longford Library. To book your place (free of charge), contact email: creativeireland@longfordcoco.ie / telephone: 043-3341124.

The following is this year's short list of winners and commendations:

Adult Poetry Competition Short-list (in no particular order):

Emily Cullen

Helen Fallon

Patrick Holloway

Emma Kervey

Garrett Igoe

Fred McIlmoyle

Mary Melvin Geoghegan

Margaret Nohilly

Anna Stockdale

Glen Wilson


Young Person's Poetry Competition Short-list (in no particular order):

Kate Byrne

Eleasha Flood

Ellen Kenny

Cara Martin

Bebhinn O’Brien