All Bard patrons will be saddened at the news of the passing of the great Matt McAteer, winner of the Bard competition in 1996.  He is one of only eight Bards to have won the coveted award.  Matt, who lived in Portglenone was a true cornerstone of the Bardic revival and was an inspiration to everyone.   He set the highest of standards with his fine tuned poems and his presentation skills were always exemplary.  He added so much vitality and enjoyment to the many great bard evenings of hilarity over the years, from the very first competition in the Trap Keady, to the unforgettable event in the packed Carna House when he was pronounced Bard winner with his poem ‘Bard of Armagh’


Matt was a true and gracious gentleman in every sense of the word.  A peerless ambassador for the Bard event, his warm and engaging personality endeared him to one and all.   He had the wonderful technique of capturing his audience as soon as he arrived at the lecturn and holding them in the palm of his hand as he journeyed though his ode.   In all the competitions that he entered, he always featured in the top four or five, itself a testimony to his creative energy and superb penmanship.


His Bard entries are as follows:

1995 – The Ballyholland McAteers

1996 – Bard of Armagh

1997 – Uncle Attie

1998 – Prayer at Seventy

1999 – Pigeon Pete

2001 – Pat’s Wee Dander

2002 – Fleadh Fiddler

2004 – Ned joins the Women’s Institute

2005 – Genetically Challenged

2006 – A Cure for Thugs.

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