Bring your Limericks to Limerick

Limerick 2017

The 2017 Bring your Limericks to Limerick International Poetry Competition expands into a three day festival of literature, arts and culture, and will take place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th of August, with the final of the now firmly established competition taking place on Saturday 26th August in Dolans on the Dock Road.
A new festival director has been appointed, Lisa Gibbons  and a new website has been launched to announce the event, details of the packed weekend are available at
This year the organisers are delighted to welcome Dolans on board to host the final of the competition on Saturday 26th August.  First prize for the winning Limerick this year is €500, not bad for a 5 line poem.
The competition was made an international event in 2013 as part of The Gathering celebrations in the University of Limerick and was an enormous success.  Since then over 2000 entries have been received for the competition, from all over Ireland and the world, with finalists turning up on final nights to do battle for a cash prize fund.  Previous winners of the event include North of England performance poet Christine Robinson (2013), Co Clare based US poet Knute Skinner (2014), Killaloe based writer Fiona Clark Echlin (2015) and last year Darragh Roche won with a Limerick about Brexit. This year we hope to have an equally exciting contest with again flamboyant local actor Myles Breen hosting the final.
In 2013, to  coincide with the competition,  The Limerick’ Writers’ Centre commissioned local historian Dr Matthew Potter to write The Curious Story of the Limerick, a history of the Limerick verse and its association with the area.  Outlining the reason for the book he explained that “The aim was to create 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”. This year an updated version of the book will be launched over the weekend.
Ms Gibbons said, “the hope is to make the competition an integral part of the cultural life of the city and further the aim of making the Limerick verse form synonymous with the city of Limerick”.
Entries are now been taken for the competition and local, national and international wordsmiths are encouraged to take part. You can enter on-line at, at the LimericksFest website or pick up an entry form from your local library and various venues around the area.
For further information contact, Lisa Gibbons at or Dominic Taylor at
Photo caption: Pat McMahon, Limerick Writers’ Centre; Sheila Sugrue, LWC, Caterina Celli, LWC;
Dominic Taylor; LWC; Councillor Kieran O’Hanlon, The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick; Majella O’Brien, LCCC Tourism Officer: Tom Muldowney, LWC; and Valerie Dolan, Dolans Music Venue. (photo: Chris Barr).