A huge congratulations goes out this week to Templetuohy’s Patrick Moran - a poem by the Tipperary man beat well-known verses by Patrick Kavanagh and Séamus Heaney to be named ‘Poem for The Ploughing’ at the National Ploughing Championships in Rathiniska in County Laois.
Much of the attention was focused on the food stalls, assorted exhibits, machinery and livestock last week, but visitors to the ploughing championships were also treated to an opportunity to name their favourite verse to commemorate Europe’s biggest outdoor festival.
A shortlist of six poems was put up for a public vote at the Ploughing Championships. And, despite finding himself in exalted company Patrick Moran’s ‘Bulbs’ took the honours.
“It is a real honour to be included on the short-list with names like Kavanagh and Heaney and I am very happy that my poem has been named ‘Poem for The Ploughing’,” Patrick Moran explained to RTÉ.
Patrick wrote ‘Bulbs’ ten years ago in honour of his father.
Patrick’s new collection, ‘Bearings’, will be published by Salmon Poetry in October and the collection will be launched at The Monk O’Gorman’s Pub on Mitchel Street in Thurles on Friday, October 16th at 8pm. On the night Patrick will read from the collection, entrance is free and all are welcome.