Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition 2013

The Winners

     1st place

Jadotville Hero by Gearoid O’Brien.

     2nd place

Collooney Street – 1904 by Sinéad Mac Devitt.

     3rd place

Li Bay by Louis Mulcahy.

Congratulations to all!


The shortlist of 10 poems has been selected by our judge Fred Johnston.

The Final is on 11th December 2013 at the White House Limerick Poetry Open Mic Event at 9pm.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be announced and presented with the prizes.

Salvator MundiAnthony Watts

BarcelonaSonja Broderick

Jadotville HeroGearoid O’Brien

A Connaught Man’s RamblesEamonn Lynskey

Collooney Street – 1904Sinéad Mac Devitt

On Rue DidotGrant Mcleman

MissingBreda Wall Ryan

SnapshotsCatherine Ryan

Li BaiLouis Mulcahy

Birds FeedingPatricia O’Callaghan


These 47 poems will be read on the 20th and 27th November and on the 4th December at the White House Limerick Poetry Open Mic Event at 9pm.

Poem titlePoet

A Teenager Stepping StonesCathy Anderson

Up NorthCharles Cummings

CavyreMichael Dooley

Plant Reproductive Material LawJessamine O’Connor

The Hollow Second Week Of May Olivia Laumenech

A Poem In HaikuOlivia Laumenech

Salvator MundiAnthony Watts

Tasseography: An IntroductionJayne Stanton

BarcelonaSonja Broderick

Australian Army, Vietnam EraRob Van De Laak

Text MessageAlistair Graham

The Uilleann PiperCaroline O’Connor Coyle

Jadotville HeroGearoid O’Brien

Barrow BoyGearoid O’Brien

SalmonNiall Oconnor

MidsummerIsolde Carmody

WarriorEamonn Lynskey

A Connaught Man’s RamblesEamonn Lynskey

In Memoriam Brendan O’BeirnePatrick Stack

Collooney Street – 1904Sinéad Mac Devitt

To A Widow Of An R.u.c. ReservistGerard Nix

Enigmatic Light FantasticClifford Hughes

KilkeeRon Carey

One Saturday MorningLiam Collins

The Elephant & The BallerinaLiam Collins

FéileacánSighle Meehan

This Is Your Sylvia PlathIrene Mosvold

On Rue DidotGrant Mcleman

GrassyardNoel Monahan

TotenbaumBorja Aguilo

The Taking Of Christ / CaravaggioRebecca Gimblett

MissingBreda Wall Ryan

The Camel, PerfectedBreda Wall Ryan

SnapshotsCatherine Ryan

How Terribly Strange To Be Seventy! (Paul Simon)David Blake

For Padraic Fiacc: Dark Nights In A Dark PlaceDavid Blake

Remembering John MartynMarion Clarke

Li BaiLouis Mulcahy

The LighthouseLouis Mulcahy

TracesDominic Taylor

Saint Louise, BallyfermotTeri Murray

TinnitusPaul Mcmahon

Faded EtchBrian McPhillis

Jack CrowPat Mulcahy

Birds FeedingPatricia O’Callaghan

Chansons D’EauMary T. Brien

ScapegoatSheila Fitzpatrick O’Donnell


First prize: €1,000

Second prize: €300

Third prize: €100


Each poet can submit up to 12 poems.

Poems can be in English or Irish language and must be unpublished.

Judge: Fred Johnston

Fee: €3 for poem;
        €8 for three poems.

Closing date: 31st October 2013

A longlist of 45 poems will be selected by the judge and author poets are invited to read them on the 20th and 27th November and 4th December (15 poems per evening) at the White House Limerick Poetry Open Mic that takes place every Wednesday at White House Bar in Limerick, Ireland. Poets that cannot come to the live readings, due to distance or other impediments, can read their poems in video conference over the internet or can submit a recorded video or, if they are technology shy, can nominate someone to read in their place.Children of Lir Trophy

From the longlist the judge will select a shortlist of 10 poems that will be read by the authors at the Final Competition Celebration on Wednesday 11th December 2013 in Limerick when the winner will be announced.


Poems are anonymously judged.

To give chances to more poets, each poet can have maximum three poems selected for the longlist and only one poem for the shortlist.

Prizes will be increased if more entries are received.

Poems must be unpublished. By entering the competition you agree to have your poems published or broadcast in any form (book, ebook, video, …) in relation to the competition without the right to claim any compensation. However you keep any copyright on your poems and the right to publish them elsewhere after the date of the Competition Final (11th December 2013).

Poems can be on any theme and of any length.

Poems cannot be modified once they have been submitted.

You can submit your poems online or, if you are in the Republic of Ireland, you can post them at:

     Desmond O'Grady Poetry Competition
     White House Limerick Poetry
     52, O'Connell Street

If posting your poems, please include your name, address, phone number and a Postal Order payment, otherwise they can’t be accepted.

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