Researcher Offaly shortlisted for the final of a prestigious writing competition


A woman Offaly has been shortlisted for the finals of the JP McManus 2022 All Ireland Scholarships Alumni Association creative writing competition on Tuesday, March 1.

Emma Corcoran, who attended Gallen Community School and went on to study at Dublin’s Technological University and Trinity College Dublin, has submitted a short story to enter the competition open to the Association’s 1,500 members.

The competition, which kicked off in October, included a virtual creative writing workshop hosted by the judges in November and closed to entries on January 9 for the shortlisting process which was announced this week.

Entrants could submit up to three stories of 2,000 words or less each in fiction and non-fiction categories based on any theme or topic. Non-fiction pieces such as memoirs, auto-fiction and bio-fiction were also welcome.

Emma joins seven other All Ireland Scholars, whose submissions were chosen for the final, including

Aida Izydorczyk, 2015 scholarship recipient, from Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Claire O’Brien, 2010 scholarship recipient, from Ballincollig, Co. Cork
Emma Corcoran, 2011 scholarship recipient, from Ferbane, Co. Offaly
James John O’Connor, 2019 scholarship recipient, from Newtownforbes, Co. Longford
Joanne Byrne, 2013 scholarship recipient, from Gorey, Co. Wexford
Katie Lockhart, 2015 scholarship recipient, from Lisburn, Co. Antrim
Romana Semler, 2011 scholarship recipient, from Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Sinead Greenan, 2010 scholarship recipient, from Cootehill, Co. Cavan

The jury, chaired by Professor Sarah Moore Fitzgerald of the University of Limerick (UL), includes the first Irish winner of the Jean Monnet Prize, Donal Ryan, the acclaimed writer Kerri ní Dochartaigh and the poet Alice Kinsella, winner of the 2021 competition .

Author of six novels and Professor of Teaching and Learning at UL, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, said, “This competition reveals and celebrates exceptional creative talent among AIS alumni. I am delighted to be involved; work with a panel of some of Ireland’s leading writers to discover more creative voices and stories.

The Jean Monnet Prize and multi-award winning author, Donal Ryan, said: “The written word is one of the best ways we have to share the human experience with each other. Whether it’s fact or fiction, creative writing brings to light something that might otherwise go unnoticed.

The overall winner and the three finalists will be announced on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.


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