Windows Poetry Competition at Cavan Crystal Hotel



This year editors Heather Brett and Noel Monahan read over 1,000 entries in the Windows Publications Student Poetry Competition. The entries came from North, South, East and West of Ireland and over 350 people attended the ceremony of the presentation of prizes held in Cavan Crystal Hotel on Sunday 22nd. May. Catriona O’Reilly, County Cavan Arts Officer spoke glowingly of the contribution made by the editors to the promotion of poetry throughout Ireland. The event was attended also by Anne Marie Ward, County Cavan Heritage Officer and Sarah O’Reilly, Leas Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council. Áine Cahill, singer and songwriter performed a selection of her work to rapturous applause.

 As to be expected: 1916 featured a great deal in this year’s entries. Other poems dealt with topics like what shapes Ireland today, the increasing diversity of cultural life in Ireland, awareness of the feelings of others...

This year Windows Publications featured the Poetry and Art of the students in a new publication entitled: The Lonely Whale & Other Poems, 2016.


Senior Category

1st. Katie Soden, Virginia College

2nd. Arleen Cowan, Co. Westmeath.

Joint 3rd. Anna Doyle, Coláiste Pobail Osraí, Co. Kilkenny.

Joint 3rd. Jane Reilly, Bailieborough.

4th.   Megan O’Sullivan, Co. Cork.

5th. Patrycja Pukas, Co. Tipperary.


Junior Category

1st. Isabelle Guerin, Co. Cork.

2nd. Megan Craine, Convent of Mercy, Belturbet.

Joint 3rd. Cara Martin, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

Joint 3rd. Sorcha Kane, Crossreagh N.S. Mullagh.


Heritage Award, 1916 Poem for County Cavan only

1st. Sinead Clarke, Ballynarry N. S.

2nd. Aisling MacManus, Loreto College.

Joint 3rd. Finn Quigley, Crubany N. S.

Joint 3rd. Abbie Cowan, Kilmore N. S.


Irish Language Category

1st. Dearbhle O’Keeffe, Belturbet N. S.

Joint 2nd. Laura Tilson, Breifne College, Cavan.

Joint 2nd. Matthew Willis, Corlurgan N. S.

Joint 3rd. Aoife Sheridan, Crubany N. S.

Joint 3rd. Arlene Cowan, Multyfarnham.







Date and time:

25 May 2016 to 31 August 2016


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