Last Friday evening (26th April), in the Jesuit Community Library, members of the Clongowes and Portora Unions, members of staff and, most especially, this year’s entrants for the Beckett-Joyce Award assembled to hear the adjudication of Ms. Mary O’Donnell. Mary O’Donnell is the author of six poetry collections and was recently the co-winner of the Irodälmi Jelen prize for poetry in translation. She has also written three novels and two collections of short fiction. Her satirical novel The Maeve will be published in September. Mary has judged the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Hennessy Literary Award and the Strokestown International Poetry Competition and is currently on the judging panel of the Irish Times-Poetry Now Poetry Prize for new Irish collections published in the past twelve months. A member of Aosdana, she teaches creative writing in the School of English at NUI Maynooth.
Clongowes was represented by three Rhetoric students, Naoise McHugh, Conor Ledingham and Tom Goodman, one Syntax student, Hugh Patrick Tunney, and one student from Rudiments, Jonathan Courtney.
First Prize: Tom Goodman
Second Prize: Hugh Patrick Tunney
Third Prize: Patrick McClean (Portora)
Congratulations to all the entrants and especially to Tom and Hugh Patrick!