Darragh Roche Winner of Bring Your Limericks to Limerick 2016
Entries are now open for Bring Your Limericks to Limerick Competition 2017!
This year’s Bring Your Limericks to Limerick competition took place in the Savoy Hotel Sat 27th Aug . The competition was made an international event three years ago as part of The Gathering celebrations in the University of Limerick and was an enormous success. The competition moved this year nearer the home of the Limerick Verse, which originated by the banks of the Maigue River in the 18th century.
Last year over 600 people entered the competition from all over Ireland and the world, with 50 finalists turning up for the final to do battle for cash prizes. Last year’s event was won by UK poet Fiona Clarke Echlin after a tense competition. This year the final has been reduced to 25 final competitors but an equally exciting contest ensued.
The aim of the competition is to create an awareness of the connection between the place and the poem so that Limerick can establish itself internationally as one of the few places that gave its name to a literary form. Think Shakespeare and Stratford, Joyce and Dublin, Burns and Scotland, Limerick and the Limerick.
The Limerick is a verse form associated with the Maigue Poets from Croom, Co. Limerick, in the 18th century.
It is a verse that must contain the following elements:
Five lines; Lines 1, 2, 5 must rhyme; Lines 3 and 4 must rhyme.
A good limerick will have a clever unanticipated punch line as lime 5 will often have puns, word play or a witty feature as part of it.
The judges for this years competition were: Eoin Devereux, Sheila Quealey and Proinsias McMahon
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Entries are now open for Bring Your Limericks to Limerick Competition 20167!