A Limerick about Brexit is a winner!
The Limerick Writers’ Centre, Global Limerick and the Savoy Hotel combined last Saturday night (27th August 2016) to bring a feast of Limericks to Limerick. The annual Bring Your Limericks to Limerick International Poetry Competition took place in front of a packed audience at the Savoy Hotel. The eventual winner was Darragh Roche, fittingly a native of Limerick, with his ditty about ‘Brexit’. Runners up were, in second place, Roger Marsh from the UK and an Irish language entry from Sean O Riodhachain came in third.
Myles Breen, the MC for the event, brought his own unique brand of humour to the occasion and encouraged some very funny audience participation. Myles was ably backed by Donal Thurlow of the Limerick Writers’ Centre who provided continuity on the night. The Limerick Writers Centre has been organising the ‘A Limerick Verse Championship’ since 2010. In 2013, as part of The Gathering, the competition was expanded into an international competition based in the University of Limerick. The event attracted over 600 entrants nationally and internationally and 50 finalists battled it out to become champion Limerick writer.
This year Global Limerick and the Savoy Hotel came on board and they hope to make it an integral part of the cultural life of the city and furthering their aim of creating 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 first prize this year was a wonderful 2 night’s accommodation in a Deluxe Room at the luxurious Savoy Hotel, full Irish breakfast served until noon each day and dinner in Hamptons Bar & Grill on one evening. Runner-up prizes were provided by John Garrett Engineers and Limerick Archives.
Dominic Taylor, speaking on behalf of the Limerick Writers’ Centre, expressed his delight with how the event has managed to gather support both from the corporate community and the public and said, ‘this event represents a culture we do not need to import, it is organic and of Limerick, I would hope that the people who have responsibility for supporting culture in Limerick would embrace it, like the people here tonight, and give it their wholehearted support’. Preparation to make next year’s event, bigger and more inclusive is already underway, with the object of making Limerick the world centre for the verse form.
Eoin Deveraux (judge), Sheila Quealey (judge), Donal Thurlow (LWC), Roger Marsh (1st runner-up), Dominic Taylor (LWC), Darragh Roche (Winner), Proinsias McMahon (judge), Sean O Riodhachain (2nd runner-up).
The winning Limerick by Darragh Roche:
Our British Friends voted for Brexit
And nobody knows what is Nexit
Will the EU now fall?
Will Trump get his wall?
Give an Englishman a country and he Fexit