We are delighted to announce that the winner of the inaugural Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship is
Ali Bracken Ziad. Ali is currently working on a debut chapbook. He is a regular attendee of Ó Bhéal and is the current Munster Slam champion. We greatly look forward to Ali's creative writing output over the coming months and years.
We had a wide range of impressive entries which were shortlisted into a list of five applicants. This list was forwarded to this year's judges - Bernard O'Donoghue, Thomas Morris, Leanne O'Sullivan and Ali Driscoll.
After some deliberation, the final shortlist was as follows:
We would like to thank all students who took the time to enter the scholarship, and encourage those of you who did not succeed this year to enter again next year. It is heartening for us to be able to award this scholarship in Eoin's memory and we look forward to the body of work created due to it's patronage.
We would also like to take this opportunity to extend again our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you who donated time, money and effort to supporting this scholarship. We know Eoin would be proud that this was happening in his name and we thank all of you who have contributed in so many ways in making this idea a reality.