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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Something wrong, shurely?

The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Awards have always seemed to me to be both prestigious and very well run, attracting a good sized entry from Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada and beyond. The first three prizewinners are also entered in the Forward Prize in the UK.
I have no idea if it is the recession to blame or if a poem destined for the waste-paper basket landed on the wrong pile but it appears that somehow I have been awarded second place in this year's competition for my poem Ctrl Alt Delete. It is somewhat mind-boggling that so august a competition could have made such an elementary mistake. The winner was Jessamine O'Connor who also won the iYeats in the summer.
Full details are:-

The Francis Ledwidge Award - Jessamine O Connor, Sligo - Silver Spoon
2nd place - Peter Goulding, Dublin 15 - Ctrl Alt Delete
3rd place - Mae Newman, Rathfarnham - The Peace Lily

Highly Commended
Gavan Duffy, Tallaght
Denise Ryan, Dublin 2
James Conway, Dublin 6
Gearoid De Briotun, Teach Mealog,
Margaret Zheng, D 6.
Giles Newington, D 13
Andrew Jones, Mullagh, Co Cavan
Ray Mullen, Tallaght,
Patrick Devaney, Virginia Co. Cavan
Mary Jo Gibbons, Kilmessan, Co. Meath

Noel King, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Triona McMorrow Dunlaoghaire
Adrienne Leavy, Phoenix, Az. USA
Davis Rowell, Churchtown, D 14
Lucy Brennan, Whitby, ON , Canada.
Doreen Duffy, Clondalkin, D 22
Evan Costigan, Dublin 8
Aine Lyons, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Paul Mc Mahon, Sligo
Susan Flynn Ballybrack, Co Dublin

There will also be a book presentation to young writers

Awards Ceremony will take place at ‘Donoghues’ The Glen of Aherlow, 29 Emmet Road, Inchicore, Dublin, on Wednesday, 14th December, 2011 at 8.00 pm. All are welcome.


  1. Well done Peter, that's tremendous news :) congratulations and enjoy!

  2. That's so incredibly fabulous! Huge congratulations. Have a brilliant night, and there's a good 3 months-worth of basking in this, surely? I love news that really makes me smile.

  3. That's no surprise to me and it's certainly no error! Well done, you!

  4. Congratulations, Peter--that's wonderful news! Well done. I'm delighted for you.

  5. well done thats brilliant :) fingers crossed for the forward! Dont forget us when your famous:)

  6. Brilliant news Peter - congrats to you!

  7. Peter, that is fantastic news! Go you!

    Delighted to see Mae Newman in there too.

    Why, oh why, is it I always know the winners, yet am not one of them... okay, entering competitions help...ok, pity party over.

    Go Peter!!!

  8. well done you - and cut the nonsence about a mistake, it was well deserved

  9. Well done again Peter

    Tommy Murray

  10. Congratulations on the Ledwidge award. Just came across the site. Like the layout, easy to read!

  11. Ah many thanks to all. It will keep me going for a good three months of rejections!!