Writing Competition Results

A big thank you to everyone who entered our competition.  The standard was very high, so high in fact that we had to increase the number of entries that we sent through to the final round of judging to thirteen, instead of ten.

Alongside the pictures below are the names of  the monologues or playlets about life in the UK,  inspired by work from selected contemporary Irish artists that the  judges thought reflected the  immigrant experience and put through to the final. The four overall winners are:

  • All Ears by Paul Ryan
  • Paddy by Jules Garvey Welch
  • Roundstone Cowboys by J P Murtagh
  • Wavering Martin by J P Murtagh

These and some of the other entries will be performed at the: Camden Irish Centre, London NW1 5BX at 7.30pm. Click here to buy tickets.

5.Galtymore by Bernard CanavanThe Galtymore by Bernard Canavan
Wavering Martin(i) by J P Murtagh- Mam, now in her 70s and in a care home recalls an eventful night at the Galtymore Dance Hall when the police had to be called. Winner


1.In a train carriage by Bernard CanavanHolyhead to Euston by Bernard Canavan
The Ghost of May O’Brien has a final word with her daughter



2.Irish NursesIrish Nurses by Bernard Canavan
There are four corners on my bed. A woman pays tribute to her mother a homemaker and nurse.




6.The Subbie by Bernard CanavanThe Subbie by Bernard Canavan
The Subbie- an elderly man looks back on his life as a subbie and regrets not paying his taxes.



roundstone web imageRoundstone Cowboys by Cloe Cloherty
Roundstone Cowboys by JP Murtagh Kitty and Bridie are out for a walk when they see this beautiful picture hanging in a gallery in Hampstead High Street, which brings back memories. Winner



10.Mirror_Mirror_Gillian HylandMirror, Mirror by Gillian Hyland
– a boy tells how he grew into a London Irish lad




11.No_Goodbye_Gillian HylandNo Goodbye by Gillian Hyland
A Vision-
Will Mena’s vision help her to resolves her troubled past?



14a.All Ears by Jimmy LawlorAll Ears by Jimmy Lawlor
Written by Paul Ryan. A boy’s thoughts as he listens to the Ireland vs Belgium qualifier for the 1982 World Cup on the radio. Winner



15. A grasp om reality by Jimmy LawlorA Firm Grasp on Reality by Jimmy Lawlor.
1. Mrs Sullivan’s Fortune Telling Bingo
– a woman with an empty cardboard box and a bag containing sheep has a story to tell.

  1. 2. Paddy by Jules Garvey Welch anticipates the arrival of a girl that he met on the internet. Winner


13.Leaving It All Behind by Jimmy LawlorLeaving it All Behind by Jimmy Lawlor
Magda reflects on her decision not to get married in Church.
2. Jonathan explains the reasons why he left Belfast



Blind FiddlerThe Blind Fiddler by J B Vallely
A boy looks back fondly on the times he had with his grandfather in Ireland and describes the loss he felt when sent to boarding school in England.



We will be notifying the winners by February 9th 2018. We appreciate that this was later than had been announced but is because we extended the closing date to 18th January 2018.


For more information about the competition click here and you will be taken to the information page