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Corn Uí Néill returns to Scotland once again

Corn Uí Néill returns to Scotland once again

The best of Irish and Gàidhlig  poetry, song and the enchanting sound of the harp was shared last Friday, 11 April in Ionad Cois Teallaigh in the heart of Dublin city when Sandaidh NicDhòmhnaill was awarded Corn an Choirnéil Eoghain Uí Néill. Six Irish language poems and two Gàidhlig  poems were on the shortlist for Friday night’s event.

The renowned writer, historian and broadcaster Alan Titley was MC on the night and the audience enjoyed a wonderful evening of literature and culture.   

This Irish and Gàidhlig language competition is held in honour of An Coirnéil Eoghan Ó Néill who was one of Turas na bhFilí’s founding members in 1970.  He developed a great connection between the two Celtic languages through poetry, literature and song.

Coirnéil Uí Neill’s granddaughter Dani Griffin presented Sandaidh with her grandfather cup on Friday night.  The winning poem titled ‘Na Fir-Chlis’ was the overall winner of this year’s competition which saw 94 poems being entered.  

Sandaidh who hails from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides and who travelled especially from London where she is currently based said that she thoroughly enjoyed the evening and that it was an incredibly special occasion for her and the outcome was not only unexpected but undreamt of.  As well as being presented the trophy she also received a prize of €500.

The Northern Lights which she saw from her Hebridean home in Frobost, Isle of South Uist was the inspiration for her poem as well as a piece of folklore she came across ‘Explaining’ the Northern Lights in a ‘Gaelic Words and Expressions from South Uist’ by Fr Ailean Domhnallach.

This year’s shortlist also included Colette Nic Aodha, Crìsdean MacIlleBhàin, Kaarina Hollo, Marcus Mac Conghail, Mícheál Ó Ruairc, Simon Ó Faoláin andTadhg Ó Dúshláine. All poets showed a very high standard on the night and each poem beautifully recited on the night revealed its own special story to the audience.

The renowned poet Celia de Fréine and Máire Ní Annracháin, Professor of Modern Irish in University College Dublin with a particular interest in Scottish Gaelic, judged the competition. 

The audience was spellbound by the poetry and by the haunting sound of the harp played by Síle Denvir from the group Líadan.

Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge are very grateful to the 49 poets and writers who submitted their poetry for this year’s competition and also to the poets who were shortlisted for this year’s final and who were present at Friday nights event.

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