Seamus aiming to take bard title back to Roslea

Bard of Armagh Humourous Verse Competition

Seamus Carolan receives the Gerry Watters Trophy from Fionnuala Watters.
Bard of Armagh Humourous Verse Competition
Armagh City Hotel, Armagh, ,
22 November 2013

Roslea man man Seamus Carolan is hoping to take a prestigious ‘Bard title back to Roslea.

This week competitors in the 2014 Bard finals have been named as they prepare for what promises to be the hottest competition in the history of the event.

Among the 16 Bards performing on Friday 21 November, are six newcomers, three former bard winners, and five runners-up.

New energies, new themes, new accents and the presentation of a set of new odes will be foremost on the menu of jollification and hilarity at the much awaited feast of bardic revelry in the Armagh City Hotel.

Former winner and Hall of Fame recipient Seamus Carolan from Roslea has revived the hugely popular ‘Agony Aunt’ factor which was such a central part of fabric of rural Ireland in the sixties ‘Dear Frankie!’ Seamus will certainly be putting his usual stylish performance in a bid to take the title back to Fermanagh for only the second time.

Making the long trip from Newfoundland with a rare tale is David Paddon.

Both Phyllis Murphy and Jimmy Rafferty have written hilarious odes on the popular book of the moment, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’  Neighbours Sean McCormack and Patsy McDermott from Kells and Virginia respectively will become rivals on the night and all sorts of images can be conjured up with David McCormick’s ‘Murphy’s Spontaneous Combustion’.

Other themes involve wills, mature students, diesel laundering, nuisance phonecalls and NAMA business.


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