Friday 21 September 2018

Apply now for iYeats Poetry competition

The iYeats International Poetry Competition 2018 is now open for entries. The annual online international poetry competition has won a prestigious reputation for the calibre of both entrants and judges.

The competition is open to all those who are sixteen years of age and upwards. There is an award of €500 for the winner of the General Category and €300 is awarded to the winner of the Emerging Category for those aged between 16-25 years of age. This poetry competition was launched by the Hawk's Well Theatre in 2009 to mark the 50th Yeats International Summer School and the 70th anniversary of the death of W. B Yeats.

This year's judges for the iYeats Poetry Competition are highly respected poets Martin Dyar and Grace Wells.

The closing date for entries into the iYeats International Poetry Competition is Friday 29th June at 4pm. As this is an online poetry competition, entrants can visit the Hawk's Well website for further information on the competition terms and conditions and to upload and submit their entries.


Benbulben Country Music Festival

The Benbulben Country Music Festival is taking place in Grange on Sunday, July 8th with a packed programme of music in store.

Patrick Feeney, Michael English, Mike Denver, Derek Ryan, Jimmy Buckley and Cliona Hagan are the performers and it should be a fantastic day of music.

Gates open at midday and the show begins at 1pm.

Early bird tickets are priced at €20 and are available from

Admission is €25 on the day and U14s are free.

There is free parking, catering and full bar facilities.

Pete Higgins in Coleman Centre

Pete Higgins come to the Coleman Centre this Saturday night.

He writes music because he has to. Once a melody materialises in his head, he has to capture it and mould it or it will consume his thoughts for the entire day. The results of this constant melodic moulding can be heard in his debut single 'Circadian Rhythm & Blues' - the title track from his forthcoming debut album.

A native of Boyle and now based in Galway city, Pete has written music as long as he has been able to play music. His songs are rooted in an acoustic foundation and build in layers to create a sound that serves the melody. Lyrical inspiration is derived from the always present and ever changing Atlantic Ocean.

He said: "I see the ocean every day from my bedroom window and it changes colour and texture continuously, it ebbs and flows always remind me of the ups and downs of modern day life". The daily strive to be a well-adjusted adult in today's world also plays a large role in his lyrics. "So many songs have been written about love - the only way to not add to the many clichés out there is to speak honestly.

Saturday 16th June at 8.30pm, tickets are €12.00.

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