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The Ireland's Own 2021 Anthology of Short Stories and Memories is now on sale.

The Ireland's Own 2021 Anthology of Short Stories and Memories is now on sale.

The Ireland's Own 2021 Anthology of Short Stories and Memories is now on sale.

ANNE McCormack from Enniscorthy is the Co. Wexford flagbearer in the 12th Ireland’s Own Anthology of Short Stories and Memories which has just been published. The volume includes 40 winners and highly commended entries from almost 500 participants in the long-running Ireland’s Own writing competitions.

The stories cover many facets of Irish life, including the perennial recurring themes of bereavement, emigration, the love of home, and often complicated tales of romance.

The memoir pieces recall famous balladeer Delia Murphy; when house visitors were frequent and welcome, how a 'Tops of the Town' chicken dancer in later life toured with Riverdance, a time when phones were a much shared rarity, especially in country areas, Aunt Nellie's 'good room' known as the parlour, and much more.

This is a fourth appearance in the annual Anthologies by Anne McCormack, from Lower Shannon, in Enniscorthy. Her short story is entitled November Rain and is a poignant tale of lost romance. Maura defies her illness to return home from England fo her mother's funeral, a time for reflection and many memories, good and bad.

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McCormack is a retired classical music teacher, originally from Ballina, Co. Mayo, and she has been writing for over forty years. She is also interested in poetry, history, classical music and landscape painting.

Editor and compiler, Phil Murphy, who was nearly 20 years editor of Ireland's Own prior to retirement, says: “The popularity of our writing competitions and the Anthology itself continues to grow and this volume contains entries from 18 Irish counties, from Britain and from Brussels.”

Current editors of the magazine, Sean Nolan and Shea Tomkins, welcome publication of the latest book. “The anthology and our writing competitions are an essential part of our policy of encouragement and support.”

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Author Carmel Harrington. Photo: Patrick Browne

Author Carmel Harrington. Photo: Patrick Browne

Author Carmel Harrington. Photo: Patrick Browne

The Foreword is contributed by USA Today best-selling novelist, Carmel Harrington, and she says Ireland's Own was enjoyed by all the family when she was growing up.

She tells the writers: "You are now part of the magazine's history. And perhaps, in the same way I was inspired as a young girl, your stories in this anthology will inspire a new generation of writers too. That's a nice thought!”

Ireland’s Own, the popular family magazine, has been published in Wexford town without a break since November 1902 and is still thriving.

The Anthology is published by Ireland's Own, part of the Mediahuis (Ireland) group, and is available online at www.irelandsown.ie or by contacting Ireland's Own at Channing House, Rowe Street, Wexford. Email: info@irelandsown.ie; Tel: 053 91 40140 (overseas at 00353 5391 40140).


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