A new Bard of Connacht is being sought as part of the 40th annual Creggs Harvest Festival.

The competition is being organised by Kilbegnet Ballinakill Historical Society.

It aims to encourage aspiring and established poets to pen their thoughts and be in with a chance to have their poetry adjudicated upon against the best poets in the region and perhaps be selected as one of four winners.

Creggs is a small village on the Galway/Roscommon border.

Entrants are in with a chance of winning the Vincent Keaveny Memorial Trophy or one of four prizes ranging in value from €500 to €100.

The historical aspect of this year’s Creggs Harvest Festival will focus on the 175th anniversary of the Famine of 1847 and its repercussions.

Local historian WilliamGacquin will give a talk on the Famine at an event in the Historical Centre in Creggs at 9 pm on Friday night, October 28th followed by a night of traditional music and dancing. A famine walk will also take place on Bank Holiday Sunday, October 31st in the vicinity of the Creggs area.

Poets are invited to submit one entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and all entries must be received by October 18th 2022 at 5 pm. A judging panel will then select the ten best entries, four of which will be winners. First prize is €500 and the Vincent Keaveny Memorial Trophy. Second prize is a Bard of Connacht Certificate and €250 and third and four prizes will also receive a certificate and €150 and €100 respectively. All entries must be original and there is no entry fee.

For further information contact Larry Kilcommins, Secretary, Kilbegnet Ballinakill Historical Society on (086) 3468761 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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