Comórtas Filíochta an Choirnéil Eoghain Uí Néill 2013

Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge is pleased to officially announce the shortlist for bilingual poetry competition Comórtas Filíochta an Choirnéil Eoghain Uí Néill 2013.


This bilingual competition for Irish language and Gaelic language poetry  is in its 6th year running since 2008 and stands an integral part of the longest running cultural exchange between Ireland and Scotland, Turas na bhFilí.


Sibéal Davitt, Office Secretary at Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge said:


“There was huge competition for the shortlist again this year and the judges will surely have a difficult job picking a winner on the night. We received applications from 26 poets and only 8 poems were chosen out of 54 in total, 15 of which were written in Scottish Gaelic.”


The competition aims to strengthen the connection between poetry and the two languages and the sheer amount of applications we received is an indication of the high standard of creativity that exists among modern poets.”


The following poems have been shortlisted for the final:

Fear-Faire by Marcas Mac an Tuairneir

Mallacht by Anna Ní Chathluain

Fáilte na Gealaí roimh an Rabharta by Paddy Bushe

Lucozade by Daibhidh Eyre

Caife by Caitríona Ní Mhurchú 

Taistealaiche a’ Coimhead Thairis air Cuan Ceò (c. 1815) by Maoilios Caimbeul

An tÉan Dara by Máire Wren

Connla by Philip Cummings


Shortlisted poets at Comórtas Uí Néill 2012


The shortlisted poets will come together at 8.00 pm on Friday 19 April at Cois Teallaigh, 16 Kildare St, Dublin 2, where they will all read their poems but only one will take home Corn an Choirnéil Eoghain Uí Néill and a €500 cash prize. The winning poem will also be published in literary magazines ‘Comhar’ and ‘Feasta’ as part of the prize.


Renowned poets Meg Bateman and Gabriel Rosenstock will judge the competition and writer Alan Titley will MC on the night. The Scottish poets who will be participating in Turas na bhFilí will also share their beautiful poems with the audience as will the singers and musicians share their music and song. All are welcome to attend this much anticipated cultural event.

Last year the Tralee native, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, took the prize with her Irish language poem, ‘Deireadh na Feide’ (Last Gasp).


A list of past winners of Comórtas an Choirnéil Eoghain Uí Néill can be found here.


Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, winner of Comórtas Uí Néill 2012

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