Winners of the Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards 2017

The Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards returned this year under the stewardship of local author Faith Hogan and creative writer Lizann Gorman.

The Awards, a feature of the festival in the past were revived in 2017, focusing initially on primary school writers. Inspired by the success of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the awards are inspired by the HaHoLit (Half Hour Literary) Award, where children are challenged to set aside just half an hour to create a short story or poem in English or Irish.

Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards Winners 2017

Winners of the 2017 Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards pictured with (back row, L-R) Jennifer Gorman, BSF Office; Billy Lewis, BSF Chairman; Paul Brennan, sponsor; Orla Slack, An Teanga Bheo; Faith Hogan, Author; Terry McDonagh, Judge; Lizann Gorman, Author and Cathy Ennis, BSF Office.
















Prizewinners were presented with their prizes in Ballina Arts Centre by poet Terry McDonagh and the winners are as follows:

Ballina Salmon Festival Junior Literary Awards – Overall Winners

Abigail McNulty Age 12 Finnegan’s Story
Laura Jackson Age 8 The Salmon Snatcher
Danny McDonald Age 11 No Title

Each of the overall winners won a set of books for themselves and book vouchers for their schools.

Others to receive awards were: 
Caitlin Thompson Age 12 Priorities
Ann Kate Haugh Age 12 The knowledge of the Land
Lauren Comer Age 8 Beavis Learns a Lesson
Anna Maughan Age 12 Fledging
Ciara Finnerty Age 12 Stopping in Time
Aoibhe Donnelly Age 9 Friends
Liam Maughan Sports
Caoimhe Barrett Age 12 Leaves
Ultan Tuffy Age 12 The Spirit of Eaon
Kim Stadler Age 11 The Summer Holiday
Emma Pritchett Age 12 (Poem) No Title
Conor Murphy Age 8 Salmon
Laura Gallagher Age 11 The Salmon of Life Everlasting
Oliver Jackson The Salmon of Knowledge
Darragh Moore The Salmon of Knowledge
Emily McDonnell Age 10 The Salmon Festival
Liam O’Boyle Salmon of Knowledge RAP
Adam Foody Age 9 The Salmon of Knowledge
Niall Barrett The Salmon of Knowledge
Niamh Cassidy Age 7 My Class
Micheal O’Boyle (Poem) No Title


Other winners received book vouchers courtesy of Easons Ballina.

Congratulations to all the winners!  The 2017 awards were very  kindly sponsored by Paul Brennan, Solicitor (main sponsor), Eason Ballina, Creative Writing Mayo and An Teanga Bheo Irish Language School, Ballina.


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