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Roscommon County Council is delighted to announce details of the 2019 New Roscommon Writing Award. This is the sixth year of what has already become an important event in the literary calendar of the county.

The NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2019 (SHORT FICTION) is organised as part of the county’s literature development programme. It is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald and by Shannonside FM.

The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald. An extract will be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €100 each).

The adjudicator for this year’s competition is lecturer and author and winner of the 2018 Roscommon Chapbook Bursary, Kevin Hora. Kevin Hora

The 2019 award is for short fiction only. Last year’s winner was Boyle native, Helen Grehan, whose winning story Richard’s Return, was described by the adjudicator John Mulligan as a stunning piece of writing.

 Closing date for entries is 15th May, 2019.

 Enquiries to


 Competition Rules

  • Short stories only will be accepted.
  • The competition is open to anyone over 18. All entrants must have a connection with the county of Roscommon (born in, living in, currently working in, went to school in).
  • Previous first prize winners may enter again but will not be eligible for first prize.
  • Typed entries must be no more than 2000 words (handwritten entries cannot be accepted). Mark the number of words in your entry on the bottom of the page. Entries over 2000 words will be automatically disqualified.
  • There is a limit of two entries per entrant.
  • Include your name, address and contact details, plus your connection to the county. Include these on a separate page, not on your entry.
  • There is no entry fee. Entries will be accepted from 1st March 2019. All entries must be received by 15th May 2019.
  • The competition will be adjudicated by Kevin Hora. The judge’s decision is final.
  • Post your entry to: NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2019, Roscommon Arts Office, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon, F42 VR98. You may also email your entry to: Title your email NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2019.
  • The names of the shortlisted writers will be announced in local media and online at: Shortlisted writers will also be informed directly by the Arts Office.
  • The awards ceremony will take place on 18th June 2019 at 6pm in King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

I N V I T A T I O N: Bealtaine Festival – Celebrating Creativity As We Age

Consider running a Dawn/Dusk Chorus during the month of May. Older people, their families and friends sing songs they love, songs anybody can join in. For further details please email or phone 01- 8057713

This event is co-ordinated by Age & Opportunity which is a national charitable organisation established in 1988 to promote healthy, happy and productive ageing in Irish communities. Each year we coordinate a Bealtaine Festival ( during the month of May, a festival established to encourage and celebrate older people’s engagement with the arts.

One of the core events of the Bealtaine Festival is its Dawn/Dusk chorus which is a choral project where older people and choirs learn songs together and sing them at dawn/dusk on the first Sunday in May or at any other day/time during the month of May if that suits better. (It is regarded that involvement with choirs is one of the most established and effective means of artistic and community involvement). For further details in running a choir please email or phone 01- 8057713

The Model presents Cairde Visual. Submissions Open / Deadline June 10th

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fifth annual open submission exhibition, Cairde Visual, is now accepting submissions from visual artists. The submission forms are available to download via or to collect at front of house at The Model. Submissions will be accepted up to Sunday June 10th. Cairde Visual will take place at the Model in Sligo from Wednesday the 11th- of July to Sunday 19th August 2018.

A significant, international open submission exhibition for the North West., Cairde Visual was established in 2013, by a group of Sligo based artists together with Cairde Sligo Arts Festival. The first annual submission took place in The Hyde Bridge Gallery in 2014. The fourth annual exhibition took place at The Model in 2017 and boasted over 100 artworks from local, national and international artists, featuring a great diversity of media.

The move of Cairde Visual to The Model for 2017 was an exciting development for all concerned. The exhibition has, in a short space of time, become a much-anticipated feature in the arts festival’s programme and in the cultural calendar of the region, not to mention an increasingly important fixture for artists all over Ireland and abroad. 

2018 sees the return of The Model Cara Award, The Hamilton Gallery Award and the Cosgrave’s Delicatessen Award. Introduced in 2017, the Cosgrave’s Delicatessen Award offers a €500 cash prize to the selected artist. The Hamilton Gallery, a pioneering contemporary art gallery in the heart of Sligo, offers the winner a solo exhibition in the gallery's calendar of exhibitions in 2018. Clive Bright was the recipient of this award in 2016 and Daniel Chester was the recipient in 2017. Recipients of the Model Cara award - a short-term residency in The Model’s artist studio - to date have been Helen Blake in 2015 and both Daniel Chester and Selma Makela in 2016, and and Anna Spearman in 2017.

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival is very grateful to have such exceptional partners and would like to thank all of these organisations for their incredible support. 

Strokestown International Poetry Competition Shortlists Announced.

 Shortlists for two of the Strokestown International Poetry Competition 2019 have now been published.

 See who got to the finals for the Percy French Comic Verse Competition here:

and for the Duais de hÍde here: 

 The shortlist for the main International Poetry Competition will be out in February. 

Meanwhile, any writers with Roscommon connections are encouraged to try for the annual Roscommon Poets’ Prize, this year judged by Iggy McGovern. Eligibility has been extended to poets who went to school in the county, as well as people resident, in education or attending a writers group here. The deadline is February 15th. Details here:


Roscommon County Youth Orchestra currently has openings for beginners in Brass & Strings. We are also seeking new affiliate members in all sections.

Beginner lessons take place every Saturday in Roscommon Town (Strings) and Ballaghadereen (Brass).

Affiliate members are musicians who have reached grade 2 and who attend orchestra rehearsals & performances. For full information please visit…/roscommon-youth-orchestra.html

To sign up or to find out more please contact Oli McHugh by email: or phone: 091 874 557



The Wild Words Children’s Book festival, Carrick on Shannon, is currently looking to hear from writers and artists from all disciplines with extensive experience of working with children and young people that are interested in delivering either one-off readings or workshops with reference to books and literature with budgets starting at €200 to more long-term programmes lasting a number of consecutive days or regular visits over a number of weeks with budgets rising to €1,500. Existing partner client groups include primary schools, pre-schools, youth groups and secondary schools. However we are also seeking to extend the range of groups we work with to include parent and toddler groups,  family support groups, youth arts groups and where possible, to develop new partnerships in other settings. Planning for all activity between the festival, artist and group will occur from March to May with all contact hours happening within the month of June. If you are interested in taking part, please contact us or send us your CV along with a proposal indicating the following for each different type of group you would like to work with - 

  1. the nature of the group you would like to work with including type, size, age range, necessary skill levels etc;
  2. a description of the workshop or programme you are proposing 
  3. timeline, duration of workshops and time of the month
  4. Your fee any other costs you have
  5. any other costs or materials that the group must provide
  6. Any other requirements or info


The final date for receipt of proposals is Friday 1st March. All participating artists will be required to provide the requisite information for Garda Vetting. Artists should also indicate if/when they most recently completed child protection and welfare training as part of their CV. 

For further information or to submit your proposal, contact Christine at or 071 96 21694.



ART WORKS the Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL Carlow Annual Open Submission and Art Award, sponsored by Hotron is open for submissions. 

Artists are invited to submit their work in any medium for selection. The 2019 exhibition will be presented entirely in VISUAL’s Main Gallery, Carlow from 4 June – August 31. All artists will receive an artist's fee. This year’s Art Works Open Submission invites artists to submit work that responds to the song lyric: 

“Dearly beloved, 

We are gathered here today  

To get through this thing called life” 

Let’s go crazy, Prince. 1984  

There will be two awards, sponsored by Hotron for outstanding work presented:  

The ART WORKS Award of €3000, will be presented for the most outstanding work in any medium. 

The Éigse Prize of €1000 will be presented for work by a recent graduate (2017/2018/2019) selected for the most outstanding work in any medium.  

More information at 

Carlow Arts Festival

083 - 4006112                       


The Western Region Audiovisual Producers Fund (WRAP) is delighted to announce the details of its Development Support for Games. The scheme is open to teams (where at least one Developer has a company established in the WRAP region) with a game that they wish to develop or co-develop.  

For the full guidelines and details on how to apply, please visit our website

DEADLINE for applications is: 5pm, Friday 08th March 2019.Please note that a new deadline for WRAP Development Funding (Film/Television/Animation) will be published shortly.  

WRAP is an initiative of the Western Development Commission and Galway Film Centre in association with the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Údurás na Gaeltachta. 

#WRAPFund #wraptalent 

Artists Bursary Programme 2019


This month sees the first of the open calls for artists for funding for 2019 from the arts office in Roscommon County Council. The annual Artist Bursaries programme has re-opened, along with the opportunity to apply for the much coveted Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency bursaries.

Both bursary programmes are aimed at professional artists either currently living in the county or who were born here.

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre Residency Awards provide opportunities for artists to spend a period of time at the world-renowned artists retreat in Annaghmakerrig County Monaghan. The residential workplace for artists  is dedicated to supporting and facilitating creativity within a home-like environment. Here artists can find peace and quiet to develop their work, together with the stimulation of living alongside other artists from all disciplines, enabling a rich cross-fertilization of ideas.

These two bursary programmes are the first of the 2019 announcements, with the Artists in Schools call out and the New Roscommon Writing and Chapbook bursaries also to be announced later this Spring as part of Roscommon County Council’s on-going commitment to supporting artists. All enquiries may be made to Breata Coyle, Tel: 090-66-37235 or email:

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm, Friday 15th February 2019.

Late applications will not be considered.

Tyrone Guthrie Application Form 2019

Tyrone Guthrie Centre Information Sheet 2019

Individual Artist Bursaries Application Form 2019

Individual Artist Bursaries Information Sheet 2019


21 artists were awarded Individual Artists Bursaries in 2018.

3 artists were awarded a Tyrone Guthrie Bursary in 2018.



The upcoming Arts Council & Local Government joint conference PLACES MATTER will take place on Thursday 28 March 2019 in the Bailey Allen Hall in NUI Galway.

The conference theme will explore how we can create diverse participation in the arts. Places Matter is the second biennial joint conference between the Arts Council and Local Government and will address the theme of our rapidly changing demographic and ask how can we be more responsive to this transformation through public service provision and the arts.

The conference should be of interest to local government management and staff (arts, community development, libraries, culture teams), arts organisations, artists and academics.

More details will follow.

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Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries for its annual poetry competition

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries again for its annual poetry competition. The poetry competition is run in conjunction with the Poems For Patience series as part of Cúirt International Festival of Literature which runs from April 8th – 14th in Galway. The Poems For Patience Competition 2018 winning entry, Ruth Quinlan’s poem ‘Small Acts of Anticipation’ is included in our permanent poetry collection, on display throughout Galway University Hospitals. Ruth Quinlan also won the 2014 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award and the 2012 Hennessy Literary Award for First Fiction.  She has been shortlisted or runner-up for other competitions such as Cúirt New Writing, the Francis Ledwidge Poetry Awards, and Doolin Writers’ Weekend. Other previous winners include Jane Clarke, Sheelagh Meehan, Liz Quirke, Rachel Coventry, Lorna Shaughnessy and Marie Cadden. We are now inviting poets to enter the 2019 competition with the closing date of Friday February 22nd. 

The prize as part of the annual poetry competition includes: the winner will have his/her poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of the 2019 Poems For Patience series. Poems For Patience is a long running series which over the past decade has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Jane Hirschfield, Michael Longley, Naomi Shihab Nye, Vona Groarke, Tess Gallagher and many more. The poems, after exhibition on the Arts Corridor, are then displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway University Hospitals. The winner will also be invited to read his or her winning poem at the launch of the 2019 Poems For Patience at Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April 2019;  given a copy of their poem printed and framed as a Poem for Patience poster and invited to submit six poems for consideration to be a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

Margaret Flannery Arts Director: ‘Poems For Patience is one of our long running projects as part of the arts programme. Each year we receive a high volume of entrances to our poetry competition and look forward to welcoming all new participants. Poems For Patience is a firm favourite for many patients, staff members and visitors’.

The competition judge is Kevin Higgins. Kevin is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events, teaches poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre, Creative Writing at Galway Technical Institute, and is Creative Writing Director for the NUI Galway Summer School. He is poetry critic of The Galway Advertiser. His poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry and features in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade –New British and Irish Poets (Ed. Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010) and in The Hundred Years’ War: modern war poems (Ed. Neil Astley, Bloodaxe, April 2014). Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian, & Portuguese. In 2014 Kevin's poetry was the subject of a paper 'The Case of Kevin Higgins, or, 'The Present State of Irish Poetic Satire' presented by David Wheatley at a Symposium on Satire at the University of Aberdeen. He was Satirist-in-Residence at the Bogman’s Cannon (2015-16). '2016 - The Selected Satires of Kevin Higgins' was published by NuaScéalta in early 2016. His most recent book Song of Songs 2.0: New & Selected Poems was published last year by Salmon and includes a substantial number of new poems as well as selections from his six previous poetry collections. 

For full details in regards to criteria and entry fee contact: Bridget Cheasty, Arts Assistant, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, Galway University Hospitals, University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway Tel: +353 (0)91 544979 Email:    

About the organisation:

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust run the west of Ireland's leading Arts and Health programme as a means of improving the hospital experience for patients, staff and visitors. The arts trust believes access to the arts promotes well-being and enhances the hospital environment. We provide a multi-disciplinary programme of events and activities, including exhibitions, participative workshops, music, theatre and poetry.  GUHAT is a registered Charity (CHY17964).


Margaret Cousins Commission awarded to visual artist Eimear Walsh

Roscommon County Council funded through Creative Ireland is delighted to award The Margaret Cousins Commission to artist Eimear Walsh. This marks the first in a series of visual art commissions for County Roscommon celebrating our extraordinary citizens through exceptional and unexpected visual art projects. Artists across the country were invited to submit their ideas for exceptional ways of commemorating extraordinary people.

Margaret (Gretta) Cousins, theosophist and feminist, was born Margaret Gillespie, daughter of a law clerk, in Boyle, Co Roscommon, and lived out her commitments on two continents.

Cousins was an Irish-Indian educationistsuffragist and Theosophist, and among her many achievements, she established All India Women's Conference (AIWC) in 1927. Cousins co-founded the Irish Women's Franchise League with Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington in 1908, serving as its first treasurer. In 1910 she was one of six Dublin women attending the Parliament of Women, which attempted to march to the House of Commons to hand a resolution to the Prime Minister. In 1916, she became the first non-Indian member of the Indian Women's University at Poona.  In 1917 Cousins co-founded the Women's Indian Association with Annie Besant and Dorothy Jinarajadasa. In 1919–20 Cousins was the first Head of the National Girls' School at Mangalore. In 1922, she became the first woman magistrate in India. In 1927, she co-founded the All India Women's Conference, serving as its President in 1936.

Eimear Walsh is an artist, writer, educator, and two-time Research Fellow at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

In response to Cousin’s great achievements and influence on the feminist movement, Eimear Walsh will be recording a radio play audio and producing a small publication comprising the play script and two specially commissioned essays. The radio play centres on Margret Cousins as an international figure, incorporating Cousin’s theory, biography and musical work. The text will focus on the subject of marriage, both as personal element of Cousin’s life, and a subject of her political writing and campaigning. It will hold sensitivity to the context of Cousin’s own background in county Roscommon, and as a white woman working in India. The radio play will be written in consultation with two key collaborators, Maisie Gately, the artist’s grandmother and former ICA member, and Dyuti Chakravarty, a PhD student at the school of Sociology in UCD.

The commission will be completed in early 2019.

For further information contact Roscommon County Council curator in residence, Linda Shevlin.

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Film Collaboration Bursary

As one of the principal aims of the project is to support the professional development of those working in the sector and to support the development of new work, this new bursary for a filmmaker and writer to collaborate in the development of a new project. The purpose of this is to encourage practitioners to work together and learn from each other and to seed the development of new ideas that may be made into films in the future. Concepts for film projects in any context or genre will be accepted.

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Film Completion Award

This new award is for an individual filmmaker or film company to apply for funding to complete a project already commenced. The purpose of this is to support the careers of ambitious filmmakers, particularly emerging filmmakers and to support work with a strong cultural or progressive impact and filmmaking that takes risks on talent, form and content, where the more commercial sector cannot.

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071 962 1694

090 66 37321

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Chapbook Bursary Award

The recipient of the 2018 Chapbook Bursary Award is Kevin Hora. The Roscommon Chapbook Bursary was established to assist Roscommon writers with the costs associated with publishing a modest collection of poems or a compact collection of short stories. The Bursary Award recipient decision was made by an independent adjudication panel.

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