ROLL OF HONOUR
The unputdownable Bard is now embarking on its 20th year, and the nineteen finals to date have been thoroughly engrossing and suspenseful affairs. The list of winners and runners-up make interesting reading with Jimmy Rafferty the most adorned with four titles and two runner-ups. Needless to say there are rumblings in Jimmy’s sub-conscious bank of creativity which will come to the point of ripeness before the end of the summer and he will be ready to unleash another gem at the 2014 finals on 21 November.
Jimmy Rafferty 04, 06, 07,10
Patsy O’Hagan 97, 98, 01
Pat McGeeney 99, 02
Henry McGrath 03, 11
Liam McNally 08, 09
James McEldowney 05
Martin Hearty 13
Sean McCormack 12
Seamus Carolan 00
Matt McAteer 96
Billy Ritchie 95
Marie McCartan 95, 07
Patsy McDermott 13
Rob Barratt 12
Sean McDonagh 11
James Brady 04
Mary Byrne 03
Michael Quinn 98
Peter Carragher 97
Declan Forde 96
We are keen to attract new participants to the Bard of Armagh Annual Festival of Humorous Verse. This unique competition offers up to £3000 in prizes each year. Held annually on the third Friday in November at the City Hotel in Armagh it is a sell out with 1000 tickets going within a few days, and represents the largest poetic gathering in Ireland.
Now celebrating 20 years of uplifting and original entertainment, the event quickly spiralled into a national phenomenon with bards from all over Ireland coming to Armagh to take part in the ancient Irish art of satirical versification.
Poets-and poetesses are judged not only on the quality of their poems but on the manner of their delivery, and over the years this has developed into an all round brilliance to equal their illustrious fore-bearers down through history.
Bards from Scotland, England and Wales have also plied their art at the annual City Hotel event and their recitations greatly added to the peals of laughter and applause that is the hallmark of an event unique in these islands.
Bard night deals and ticket information are available through
Armagh City Hotel and by visiting:
£3000 in prizes
The poem should be no more than 650 words and should not exceed 9 minutes performance time.
The poem must be the original work of the entrant. It should be humorous verse, suitable for family audiences and radio broadcast.
Each entry should be type written in English. It should have a detachable cover page stating clearly the entrant's name, address, telephone number and the title of the poem.
There will be an entry fee of £2.00 for each poem.
Entries should be sent to:
Mr John Makem, 34 Fergort Rd, Derrynoose, Co Armagh, N. Ireland. BT60 3DN.
Final closing date for entries is 1st October and competitors will be contacted by mid-October.
Finals will take place in the Armagh City Hotel on Friday 21 November 2014.