We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 3rd Eoin Murray Memorial Scholarship is
Alana Daly. Alana already has an impressive career, co-founding Europe’s first poetry festival organised by young people for young people (ages 13-19); The Lit Young Writers’ Festival (2017-present). She has written numerous short films to critical acclaim and her publications include; Autonomy (2018), Solstice Sounds Volume VI (2018), The Quarryman V (2019), University Express, Motley Magazine, and BND Magazine. Alana has also been included on a Spoken Word map of Ireland and the UK (2018). Alana has a strong reputation as a performance poet and has performed internationally at events like All Together Now, The First Fortnight Festival, Cúirt International Poetry Festival, Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival, The Belfast Poetry Festival, ME, USA, Three-Dot-Dash-Summit, NY, and has acted as support to Stephen James Smith, Neil Hilborn and Shane Koyczan.
This year the judges were particularly challenged to chose between the top three shortlisted poets. Our highly commended runners up are Joy Curtis and Lara Ní Chuirrín, both of whom have very impressive literary cvs so far and submitted beautiful writing samples.
We greatly look forward to seeing Alana, Joy and Lara perform at this year's tribute night in August.
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.
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.