New contest in honour of celebrated Limerick poet

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

DESMOND O’Grady, one of Limerick’s finest poets, now has a poetry competition named after him.

DESMOND O’Grady, one of Limerick’s finest poets, now has a poetry competition named after him.

The White House Limerick Poetry Group has launched the free, inaugural Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition open to wordsmiths across the world.

Poets can submit up to three pieces, which can either be in English or Irish.

The only other rule is it must not have been published before.

A shortlist of 40 poems will be selected by the judges and the authors of each will be invited to read them during November at the weekly open mic event in the White House on Wednesday nights.

Poets who 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. Alternatively, they can nominate someone to read in their place.

Judges will then select 10 finalists invited to read their poems at the final competition celebration in December.

The winner will be presented with the Desmond O’Grady Perpetual Trophy.

For more information, email DesmondOGradyPoetryCompetition@gmail.com or telephone Barney Sheehan on 086-8657494.