Bard of Armagh Poems
The Bard of Armagh contest for humorous verse is run every November in the City Hotel in front of a delighted audience of over a thousand people. If the hall was bigger, it could be two or three thousand – tickets can be harder to find than feathers on a donkey!
Contestants from all over Ireland, and as far afield as England, Scotland, Australia and Keady have taken part, from farmers to professors, from binmen to buroo-men! They all send in a poem, and the judges pick a dozen of the best to compete on the night – any size (200-1000 words) and any subject, as long as it is FUNNY. Although the subject of ‘Oul Farmers Lukin Fer Weemin’ seems to come up right and often – my first attempt in 2001 (Divil the wan wud hev me) was one of them!
Use the menu on the left to view some of my poems – some of them on YouTube, some just the words
See more information on the Bard of Armagh Contest Here >
I was awarded the ‘Lifetime Award’ in 2014 – here is the acceptance speech, plus my ‘Foreign Feedin’ poem!