A LYREACROMPANE poet was runner-up in one of the country's leading literary prizes this week.
Poet Michael J Gallagher travelled to the French Embassy in Dublin for a gala ceremony marking the 2012 Hennessy Literary Awards this week, coming runner-up for his powerful poem Stick on Stone.
One of only 18 poets and prose writers shortlisted from a massive entry of 1,500 submissions last year, the Achill Island native lives in Lyreacrompane with his Listowel native wife Kathleen. Michael described his nomination for the award as a win for all the ordinary poets of the country who plough a lonely furrow to little acclaim.
"I won already in getting a nomination for my poem Stick on Stone, as far as I'm concerned, and I'm taking it for the ordinary poets of Ireland, men and women like myself who plough away on their own usually just getting rejection after rejection," he said.
Stick on Stone deals with the discordant legacy of emigration on the lifelong relationship between emigrant fathers and their sons.