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Michael Mullan Cancer Fund Writing Competition Winners

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Article by ERMurray © 5 October 2018.
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Frank McKenna and Martin Malone

Newbridge Community Library was the venue where the winners and runners up in the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund Writing Competitions were announced on Wednesday evening, 3rd October. With Mario Corrigan in charge as MC, things went like clockwork and a very enjoyable evening was had by a very attentive audience. Six entries in each category – poetry, flash fiction and short story and all were invited to read out a short piece from their entries.

Following a few words from judges Caroline E. Farrell and Martin Malone, he winners in each category were then announced and presented with their prizes.

Short Story Winners

The winning entry in the short story competition was “The Funeral” by Frank McKenna from Limerick. The story deals with the death of a doctor’s best friend who is also his patient.

In second place was “Last Rites” by Teresa Godfrey from Enniskillen. Judge Martin Malone said that the story deals with a theme sadly only too familiar in Irish society – the banishment of an individual just because he did not fit in with what was considered normal in Irish society.

Flash Fiction Winners

In the flash fiction competition, the winner was Helen O’Leary from Naas with a story called “A Turnaround for the Books.” The story deals with the challenges being faced by a mother facing serious challenges in keeping her daughter on the straight and narrow in today’s challenging world for teenagers.  In second place was Deryk Payne from Dun Laoghaire with “Our House,” where the chilling story unfolds through the eyes of an unreliable narrator.

Poetry Competition

In the poetry competition the winning entry was “All the Vagrant Flock” by Emma McKervy from Holywood, Co Down. The poem in the words of the poetry judge, John Mackenna, “has a haunting quality and a great sense of completion.”  In second place was Paul O’Brien from Naas with “To a Turner of Wood” which John describes as “a mature and challenging poem” that held his attention through several re-readings.

The Michael Mullan Cancer Fund Committee are delighted with the support from the writer’s community. Entry fees and the very generous contribution from those attending the prize-giving will go directly to the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund to ensure that Michael can continue to remain in the United States to receive life-saving treatment.


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com