Competitions 2020 Now Closed


Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival 2020 is now closed

Full results will be published week beginning March 22nd.

Competitions Guidelines


Poem – (50 lines max) Robert Leslie Boland Award

Short Story – (2,500 words max) Quiet Man Maurice Walsh Award

Dán – (50 línte ar a mhéad) no Gearrscéal (2,500 focal ar a mhéad) as Gaeilge. Duais Phádraig Liath Ó Conchubhair


Poem – (50 lines max) or Short Story (1,000 words max) in English – The Chrissie Nolan Creative Writing Award

Dán – (50 línte ar a mhéad) no Gearrscéal (1,000 focal ar a mhéad) as Gaeilge

Entry Fees: Adults €10, Children €5 for up to two entries in any combination

Prizes: Adults €150, €100 and €50 in each category; Children €100, €75 and €50 in the form of Book Tokens

Cheque or postal order to the address below, payable to Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival.


      Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival, Loughanes, Lisselton, Listowel, Co. Kerry

You can now also pay by PayPal payment system or Credit/Debit Card. Please go to REGISTER page for instructions.




Rules for all competitions

  • Please put the category of your entry at the top of the page.
  • Please put your name and contact details on a separate sheet and not on your poem or short story. If using email, please include your name and contact details in a separate attachment.
  • Please type your entries and print on one side of paper only.
  • All entries must not have been previously published online or in print, nor must they be entered currently for competitions elsewhere.
  • Prizes: All adult competitions carry a First Prize of €150, Second Prize €100 and 3rd prize €50. Children’s prizes in the form of book tokens – First Prize of €100, Second Prize €75 and Third prize €50.
  • The competitions will be judged anonymously and the winners will be announced at The Festival Launch in The Thatch Bar, Lisselton on March 20th.
  • The judge’s verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

BBF 2019 Competitions – Results

Adult Poetry


1st. Violin Concerto in E Minor and The Joyrider – Louis Mulcahy

2d. Beach-front Property – Eileen Connolly

3rd. Reality – Lola Scollard

Adult Short Story

1st. Pink Steel – Noel King

2nd. The Calf – Helen Broderick

3rd. Christine – Priscilla Donovan

Irish Poetry or Prose

1st. Éalú – Matt Mooney

2nd. An Gaiscíoch – Eileen Connolly

3rd. Údair le Chéile – Matt Mooney


Children’s Writing (L = Lisselton, C = Coolard, GS = Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail)


1st. The Alone Wing (L) Aimee Stack

2nd. Our Sun Holiday (L) Jodie O’Keefe

3rd. Saturn the Talking Cat (C) Kaelynn Murphy



1st. Chuala mé an Ghaoth (L) Aideen Whelan

2nd. An Cluiche Cispheile (GS) Rebecca Spréacha



Joint 1st.

My Life – Brid Courtney – Ardfert

An tAon Duine Fágtha ar Domhan – Ava Nic Aodha

121 Adult Entries and 123 Entries From Children in 2019! Thank You All!


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