2015 Poetry Prize – Shortlist


New Year by Brian Kirk, Dublin

Second Place

Chemistry in the Kitchen by Paul O’Connor, Wicklow

Local Winner

Housekeeping by Bee Smith, Cavan


Chew Lake by Michael O’Connor, Dublin
Chemistry in the Kitchen by Paul O’Connor, Wicklow
Mannequin by Giles Newington, Dublin
New Year by Brian Kirk, Dublin
Plagiarist by David Butler, Wicklow
Reading the Omens by Felicia McCarthy, Galway
Stroke by Clare O’Reilly, Kildare
The Gardener’s Last Assault by Barbara Smith, Louth
The Helmet Maker by Ciaran O’Rourke, Dublin
The Tote by Maire Ryan, Wexford

The winners were announced at a special presentation of the prizes and judging process on Saturday 10th October at 2pm in The Arts Space in Bailieborough Library. The competition this year had a record number of entries and the standard was exceptionally high. Congratulations to all those mentioned by the judges.

Those commended by the judges include:

After St Peter denying Christ by Arthur Broomfield,
Remember the 3030’s by Paul Bregazzi,
It was Sunday Night and the Hospital was Short-staffed by Maria Isakova Bennett,
North African Picture by Marie McSweeney,
Sand by Karen O’Connor,
The Well by James O’Dowd,
Housekeeping by Bee Smith,
Invocation by Rosamund Taylor,
A Primary School Teacher Preparing for the Year by Glen Wilson.