Carlow College annually hosts Literary Awards and a Creative Writing Showcase

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s held its tenth annual Literary Awards and Creative Writing Showcase at VISUAL on Monday 11 April.

This annual event brings together the College’s literary community for an evening to recognize and celebrate the creative writing talent of its students with prizes awarded for the best writing in prose and poetry over the past year.

This year’s awards were presented by renowned poet and playwright Darren Donohoe.

Friends and family, staff, students and alumni of Carlow College were on hand for what was an engaging and entertaining evening.

The evening opened with members of the third grade creative writing class presenting a showcase of their writing.

Darren Donohoe addresses the annual literary awards

The class gave a series of poetry readings, as they provided a dramatic, moving, and varied showcase of their work.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, English speaker Dr Derek Coyle commented “how exciting it is to see the next generation of young Irish writers discovering their voices. So varied and with so much to say. The Literary Awards help provide them with a platform.

This event is run along entirely professional lines and gives our students valuable insight and first-hand experience of how literary competitions work and what it entails to be active in the literary scene.

The following prizes were awarded in the Poetry and Prose Poetry categories

  • 1st prize – ‘My Room’ by Angela Kirwan
  • 2nd Prize – ‘The Endurer’ by Ann Marie Dunne
  • 3rd prize – ‘Toting Home’ by Karen Wills and ‘The Yellow House in Arles’ by Lourda Delaney


  • 1st prize – ‘The Lady of Winter’ by Éimhin Lynch
  • 2nd Prize – ‘New Hibernia’ by Adam Crawford
  • 3rd prize – ‘Women Only Club’ – Lourda Delaney and ‘Rise Up Oh Fionn’ by Robert Ruane

Eimhin Lynch receives first prize in prose from Darren Donohoe – CC Annual Literary Awards

After the awards, Darren Donohoe read a selection of his work from his soon-to-be-launched debut poetry book, Secret Poets published by Turas Press.

After a question and answer session, Carlow College, St Patrick’s students with literary ambitions were left with plenty to consider and with the doors of inspiration open.

The awards ceremony and creative writing showcase concluded a month-long series of events to celebrate ten years of Carlow College’s annual literary awards, which included a poetry masterclass and public reading with the Welsh poet Gillian Clarke and the world premiere of ‘Metanoia’ – a new work by the great Irish composer Gráinne Mulvey in memory of father Michael McCarthy.

Full details of the award winners and their winning pieces can be found at here